Welcome to my site.

Thanks for coming to my website.  There is lots of information about my activities, online jazz piano course, blog posts and music below.  I’d love to see you at some of my gigs, concerts or lectures.  Please leave your email if you want to be notified of upcoming events.

Have a great day . . .
Martan :)

#JazzThought:  “Life Is Good When You Are In The Pocket.”
Martan Mann
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January Public Happenings

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Martan Mann

There are lots of great public (and private) gigs.  I hope you will come by and say “Hi”.  Check us out at Aegis w/Back-in-Time, The Pocket with RABB, Merrill Gardens, Spanish Bay w/Dottie, Wally’s Cocktail Combo at Severino’s & SJ Fairmont, Arya w/Jason Bellenkes, Rokko fine Cuisine w/Joann Chang  and Westhope Presbyterian in Saratoga.   See the listings and calendars below for more information.

Check out both of my websites:   my newly revamped Musicmann Website (It has lots of information about all my activities, products, JazzSkills for Piano and blog posts) and JazzSkills for Piano (my extensive online jazz piano course).   You can request to receive Four Free Videos . . . or to receive my email updates.

These are my latest standalone lessons from JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step.  (See below for more information)

Just Released:

  1. “Learning Giant Steps for the Jazz Pianist”
  2. “Modal Improv for the Jazz Pianist”
  3. “Learning Stride Blues for the Jazz Pianist”
  4. “Pachelbel Improv”
  5. “Learning Boogie Woogie”.

Also, to mention: my private teaching schedule is going ahead full-force at home in Boulder Creek, at West Valley Music and Hope Street Music Studios in Mt. View! Contact me for a free interview.  I’m also currently offering a special discount for a first lesson in Boulder Creek in GroupOn.  Just started: I am now teaching piano lessons by Skype (More information below).

You can also now find some of my lessons on the interesting website: Curious.com.  Also, I’m included with some heavy-weight musicians to teach Skype lessons on Wifi Music School (wifimusicschool.com).

MARTAN MANN’S PUBLIC CONCERTS & GIGS

I want to personally invite you to join me and my friends at the following public concerts and gigs . . . love to see you there.
Best to you . . . Martan :)
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JANUARY PUBLIC GIGS

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I’m playing behind the smooth vocal group, Back-in-Time at Ageis in Aptos.  The group features Gail Cruse, Vicki Coffis and Ann Whittington.  The band is Phil Smith on sax, Bill Bosch on bass and me on piano.   This is a quality group . . . drop by and listen.
Aegis Retirement Community,  Aptos.


Jan 1 Thursday 7 – 11 pm
I’m playing a swinging duo gig with vocalist/drummer, Dottie Dodgion.  Dottie is a great friend and fantastic musician.  Hope you will join us on Christmas Day.
Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, Carmel



WallysSWJan 2  Friday 7:30 – 11:30 pm (The first Friday of the month)
w/Wally’s Cocktail Combo at Severino’s. The quartet includes:  Wally on vocals and guitar, Mark Hamersley on bass, Michael Strunk on drums and me on keys.  This is definitely THE scene. Be there!
Severino’s, 7500 Old Dominion Ct, Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 688-8987


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Jan 4 Monday 7:30 – 10:30 pm (the first Monday of the month)
This is a HOT gig!  I’m playing with the cooking Robin Anderson Big Band, featuring the fab Ruby Rudman.  I love playing with big bands . . . and this is one of the best.
The Pocket, Santa Cruz


 

Jan 10, Feb 21 Saturday 9 – Midnight
w/Wally’s Cocktail Combo at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel. The quartet includes:  Wally on vocals and guitar, Mark Hamersley on bass, Michael Strunk on drums and me on keys.  The Fairmont is so elegant . . . you HAVE to be there!
San Jose Fairmont Hotel (Lobby), San Jose


 

Jan 16 Friday 3:30 – 4:30 pm
I’m playing solo piano for the fine folks at Merrill Gardens.  I love doing this!
Merrill Gardens, Campbell, CA


 

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I’m playing at the exotic restaurant, Arya with two of my favorite musicians:  Jason Bellenkes and Dan Robbins.  This is going to be a fun night.  The food is great (the belly dancing is great, too).
Arya, Cupertino, CA

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Jan 24 Saturday 8 – 10 pm
I’m playing with a new exciting vocalist, Joann Chang at the Rokko Fine Cuisine in Sunnyvale.  I hope you will come out and hear us.
Rokko Fine Cuisine, 190 South Frances Street, Sunnyvale, CA 94086      (408) 773-8225

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Jan 31 Saturday 7 – 10 pm
Looking for a “swanky” place to hear Wally and I play as a duo?  Join us at the fab Highland’s Inn in Carmel.  In addition to the scenic view . . . you can dance!!!  You can’t beat it.
Highland’s Inn, Carmel

Steady Gigs

Fridays 7:30 – 11:30 pm (The first Friday of the month)
w/Wally’s Cocktail Combo at Severino’s. This is definitely THE scene. Be there!
Severino’s, Aptos

Sundays at 10 am
I am playing for the Sunday Morning Service at the Westhope Presbyterian Church.
Westhope Presbyterian Church, 12850 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga

Mondays from 7 – 9 pm
I accompany Wally Trindade’s Pop/Jazz Vocal Class at Cabrillo College . Join the class for lots of fun and excellent training in jazz singing. The next class I will be accompanying will be in Fall 2015.
Cabrillo College Music School, Aptos

JazzSkills for Piano

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JazzSkills for Piano is now here!!!

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Here’s some exciting new news regarding my new online jazz piano improv course, “JazzSkills for Piano (Getting from Here to There).   This is an intensive, deep, serious course in developing the skills necessary to play jazz piano.  It’s the subconscious which does the playing . . . you have the FUN.  This is your time to get started!

JazzSkills for Piano:

  • Over 200 lesson videos
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • The Private Lesson Blog
  • JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step (stand alone lessons)
  • Skype
  • Webinars
  • Lots of text and much more.

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JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step

Martan Mann has created single stand-alone intensive lessons for the jazz pianist.  These lessons are available for separate sale for $14.95 (to view for three months) . . . and are also included with a Premium Subscription to JazzSkills for Piano.

These are my latest standalone lessons from JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step.

Just Released:

  1. “Learning Giant Steps for the Jazz Pianist”
  2. “Modal Improv for the Jazz Pianist”
  3. “Learning Stride Blues for the Jazz Pianist”
  4. “Pachelbel Improv”
  5. “Learning Boogie Woogie”

This series of lessons give step-by-step instruction in analyzing and developing specific tunes and styles.  This solves mysteries.  This gives answers Now!  You can choose your tune and/or style to develop it fully and creatively.  New Step-by-Step Lessons will be added often.  Visit his website:  Musicmann.com to join his mailing list to stay current on the release of new lessons.

These lessons are fairly advanced and assume that you already have basic skills as a jazz pianist.  If you need to work on your jazz skills . . . consider enrolling in Martan’s intensive online jazz piano course JazzSkills for Piano.  This course will definitely take you “From Here to There”.  Visit jazzskillsforpiano.com/mp to receive Four Free Videos.


Learning GS for the JP1200

The first lesson is an in-depth analysis and step-by-step method to learn to play the iconic tune, Giant Steps by John Coltrane.

Giant Steps by John Coltrane has always been considered as a difficult tune for jazz pianists to understand, learn and play. Of course, adding to the complexity is that the tune is usually played very fast. I think, what we really need is a simple, step-by-step approach to studying this tune . . . then developing the tune into our subconscious. Once this tune is totally subconscious, we should be able to freely improvise on it.

This lesson on Learning Giant Steps contains four videos, downloadable PDFs, graphics of examples, and text. Video #4 contains backup tracks for your practice.  You can practice soloing over Giant Steps in different styles and tempos.  Have fun learning Giant Steps.

Learning Giant Steps for the Jazz Pianist contains:

  • Four Instructional Videos:  Martan takes you from Analysis . . . to Soloing.
  • Downloadable PDFs:  There are downloadable PDFs for all study examples.
  • Text:  You can augment the videos by reading text.
  • Play-along Audio Tracks:  You can practice playing Giant Steps at various tempos in different styles.
  • View Examples:   You can view the examples in the lesson.
  • Skype Lessons:  You also have the option to have a personal lesson with Martan.

CLICK HERE to learn more about “Learning Giant Steps for the Jazz Pianist”.


Check this out!Modal Improv for the JP200Modal playing is a very distinctive style for a jazz pianist.  It “opens up” your playing, using the entire range of the piano.  It increase your harmonic knowledge.  This step-by-step lesson gives specific analysis, instruction and exercises to develop modal playing into your personal style.  This is a very intensive lesson with eight videos, downloadable PDFs, text, playalong audio and reference to modal tunes.

  • Eight Instructional Videos:  Martan takes you from Analysis . . . to Soloing.
  • Downloadable PDFs:  There are downloadable PDFs for all study examples.
  • Text:  You can augment the videos by reading text.
  • Play-along Audio Tracks:  You can practice playing Modal Improv at various tempos in different styles.
  • View Examples:   You can view the examples in the lesson.
  • Skype Lessons:  You also have the option to have a personal lesson with Martan.

CLICK HERE to learn more about “Modal Improvisation for the Jazz Pianist”.

Skype Piano Lessons with Martan Mann

Martan Mann is now offering special individual Skype lessons based on his new internet jazz piano course, JazzSkills for Piano. The Skype sessions are paid through PayPal and are $24.95 for a 30 minute lesson. The lessons should relate to specific lessons in JazzSkills for Piano. You should have a Skype account and a webcam. Premium Subscribers to JazzSkills for Piano have access to Skype session discounts. Click Here for more information.

Recording and Rehearsals for Vocalists

I want to remind vocalists that I can provide rehearsal and recording services. I have a beautiful Yamaha C7 and excellent recording equipment. It’s quick and easy to record a demo or complete CD. CD artwork is also available.

I can also create Band in a Box charts and recordings which sound like a real band. You’ll be amazed!!!  TURN OFF THE MUSIC AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.

The above is an audio file, “You’d be so nice to come home to”. It has my live piano playing mixed with the BIAB file. The first and third chorus is a backup for the vocalist. The second chorus is a sax solo. BIAB can put the song into any key, style, soloing instrument, tempo, etc.

Call me at (831) 338-4986 for more information. Or, send an email to martan@musicmann.com.

“I love to back vocalists!”

Music

What is this thing called love?

This is from a live concert at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center with Michael Strunk, drums, Dan Robbins, bass and me on piano.  (TURN OFF THE MUSIC AT THE TOP OF THIS SITE.)