Ernesto Marquez - Tenor Sax

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I have been performing and composing music on the tenor saxophone for 15 years.  My musical interests are jazz standards, R&B, blues, rock, funk and disco. I'm playing sax on the song you are currently hearing (Mopac Bounce performed by the Day Jobs).
I am available to compliment your band with tenor sax whether it be live performances or in the studio. 
I am based in Los Angeles.

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Current Bands/Projects

The Nightingales

Guitar and saxophone duo covering jazz standards and original jazz songs.  We will bring a jazz ambience to your club or event.







Catalina By Air
Musical project by guitarist and friend Dae Kim.  We focus on early 20th century popular music.  A sample of Catalina By Air is on the Song Samples page.

Past Bands



Ernesto Marquez Sextet

I formed and led this jazz band in Austin, Texas from 2005-2007.  I composed the band's horn arrangements for trumpet and sax and arranged most of our songs.  Here we are playing one of our twice monthly weekend shows at the Treehouse Italian Grill in South Austin in 2007.  I had to leave the band behind when I moved to Los Angeles.  However, the Ernesto Marquez Sextet is now Casa del Swanko and available for booking.





The Greatest American Heroes

GAH have been astounding audiences for more than 10 years with their renditions of television show themes and surf music.  They are well known in Austin for their last Friday night of the month show at the Carousel Lounge.  I was an original member of GAH and on board for their first seven years.  I transcribed and arranged several of the songs GAH covers, and composed several of their horn lines.  This is GAH on Halloween at Carousel Lounge in 2008.  Check out the Greatest American Heroes website to hear them rocking and book 'em right away!





The Day Jobs

Playing jazz standards (such as Gershwin, Fields, Porter, and more) and jazz originals, the Day Jobs provided energetic swing dance music for five years to Austin Texas swing dancers.  The song you hear on the home page of this site is a Day Jobs original - Mopac Bounce.  We started playing once a month at a pizza joint in East Austin, and graduated to playing clubs weekly and weddings/parties constantly.  We played every Monday night for three years at the then popular downtown Caucus Club, and performed throughout Texas  as far away as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Burnet.




Austin Community College Big Band

I was second chair tenor sax for this busy touring jazz big band.  I performed with the big band regularly in Austin at their gigs at the downtown Speakeasy Club, as well as toured with them to Corpus Christi, Texas and Saltillo, Mexico.



Sit Ins



Merchants of Venus

After their original sax player Rich Paladino moved out of town, I took over on sax for two of this popular Austin band’s annual reunion gigs.    The Merchants of Venus specialized in jazz swing dance, jump blues and cocktail lounge music.




The Tubadores

The Tubadores provide nomadic strolling music from around the world: tango, bossa, polka, French passion music, Italian serenades, Spanish bar ballads, gypsy dances. Tubadores were a regular appearance on Austin’s First Thursdays downtown.  I sat in routinely on sax with the Tubadores over a two year period.



Triggermen Horns

I played regularly with this roving horn line in Austin, Texas.  The Triggermen, led by trumpeter Ray Strucker, add three-part horn harmonies to any band's repertoire and perform them live with the band and in the studio.  As a member of the Triggermen Horns, I played club shows and parties with Austin-based funk band Daves Not Here and one club show with indie pop band The Handsome Charlies.



The Limelights

Austin-based band specializing in early R&B.  Played with them for three year period for several private parties and club gigs.













Tongue and Groove
Performed live accompaniment music for two Tongue and Groove Theatre Company productions:  Le Petomane and The Comedy of Errors. I composed several of the compositions for The Comedy of Errors, which won an annual Austin Independent Theatre award for its score.  Both productions were staged at the Vortex Theatre in Austin, Texas.  For more on Tongue and Groove, go to