Ehrlich, Marty [Martin Lewis]
- Lars Helgert
(b St. Paul, MN, May 31, 1955). American clarinetist, saxophonist, flutist, and composer. He grew up in Louisville, KY, and then St. Louis, MO, where his family moved when he was ten and he first started performing. He began playing clarinet at the age of seven and saxophone several years later. He studied classical and jazz clarinet at the New England Conservatory (BA, 1977), where his teachers included jaki Byard, Gunther Schuller, George Russell, and Joe Allard. Based in New York from 1978, Ehrlich is known primarily as a jazz musician, but his career interests have been diverse. He has worked with Julius Hemphill, Anthony Braxton, Chico Hamilton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Davis, John Carter, James Newton, and his own groups such as the Dark Woods Ensemble, Traveler’s Tales, and the Marty Ehrlich Quartet. Ehrlich has also performed as a classical musician with the New York City Opera and the New York City Ballet, and he gave the premiere of David Lang’s ...