Eric Rasmussen

Resident Faculty

Biography

Saxophonist/Composer Eric Rasmussen relocated to the Phoenix area in the summer of 2007. The California native spent the last ten years playing and teaching in New York City where he was a staple of the jazz community, performing regularly on the East Coast as well as throughout Europe. While in New York, he performed regularly with some of the most respected names in jazz and was the Director of Jazz Studies at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College.

Earning his Masters of Music degree in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Eric studied with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Danilo Perez and Paul Bley. He received his BFA in Jazz Performance from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, where he studied with Charlie Haden, Joe Labarbera and Roscoe Mitchell. Eric leads the groups Guaranteed Swahili and the Eric Rasmussen Tristano Band, both of which have toured the United States on numerous occasions. Eric is an experienced educator and guest clinician with clinics at the University of Iowa, California Institute of the Arts, Wellesley College, Saddleback College, Arizona State University, Hartnell College, Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, as well as numerous high schools throughout the country and in the Phoenix area.

With his own groups, Eric has recorded for internationally acclaimed jazz labels Steeplechase and Fresh Sound Records. As a sideman, Eric has also recorded with Paul Bley, Danilo Perez, Billy Hart, Christophe Schweizer and the Jazz Composers Alliance Saxophone Quartet. He has played at some of the most prestigious venues in the Country including the Kennedy Center and a 2007 performance with the Lee Konitz Big Band as part of the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall. Eric has served as adjunct faculty for Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College and was the Music Director for Young Sounds of Arizona from 2010 – 2011. Currently, Eric is the Director of Instrumental Music at Scottsdale Community College.

Courses

Course # Class Section Semester Course Title Course Syllabus
MHL145 17866 Fall 2020 American Jazz & Popular Music
MHL155 18624 Fall 2020 Survey of American Music
MHL155 18731 Fall 2020 Survey of American Music
MHL204 18956 Fall 2020 Hip-Hop Music and Culture
MUP102BQ 17753 Fall 2020 Private Instruction: Saxophone
MUP101BK 27169 Spring 2021 Private Instruction: Clarinet
MUP101BQ 27736 Spring 2021 Private Instruction: Saxophone
MUP102BK 35267 Spring 2021 Private Instruction: Clarinet
MUP102BQ 27735 Spring 2021 Private Instruction: Saxophone
MUP163 27162 Spring 2021 Jazz Ensemble
MUP163 27207 Spring 2021 Jazz Ensemble
MHL145 27535 Spring 2021 American Jazz & Popular Music
MHL155 27805 Spring 2021 Survey of American Music
MHL155 27899 Spring 2021 Survey of American Music
MUP181 27205 Spring 2021 Chamber Music Ensembles
MUP181 27711 Spring 2021 Chamber Music Ensembles
MHL204 28080 Spring 2021 Hip-Hop Music and Culture
Eric Rasmussen
Contact 480/423-6723
Location Music 144
Office Hours Monday: 2 - 3pm Tuesday: 9- 10am Wednesday: 2 - 3pm Thursday: by appointment only Friday: 9- 10am