Eric Rasmussen

Resident Faculty


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.


Course # Class Section Semester Course Title Course Syllabus
MUP101BQ 33152 Fall 2022 Private Instruction: Saxophone
MUP102BQ 33179 Fall 2022 Private Instruction: Saxophone
MHL145 31857 Fall 2022 American Jazz & Popular Music
MHL155 32308 Fall 2022 Survey of American Music
MUP163 31819 Fall 2022 Jazz Ensemble
MUP183 32962 Fall 2022 Jazz Combo
MUP163 31853 Fall 2022 Jazz Ensemble
MHL145 25295 Spring 2023 American Jazz & Popular Music
MHL155 25458 Spring 2023 Survey of American Music
MUP163 25026 Spring 2023 Jazz Ensemble
MUP163 25044 Spring 2023 Jazz Ensemble
MUP164 26207 Spring 2023 Jazz Improvisation I
MUP183 26132 Spring 2023 Jazz Combo
MUP101BQ 31428 Spring 2023 Private Instruction: Saxophone
MUP102BQ 31447 Spring 2023 Private Instruction: Saxophone
MHL155 25531 Spring 2023 Survey of American Music
MUP101CK 33161 Fall 2022 Priv Instruc: Pop Music Voice
MUP102CK 33189 Fall 2022 Priv Instruc: Pop Music Voice
MUP183 34779 Fall 2022 Jazz Combo
Eric Rasmussen
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