Welcome to my site.


Thanks for coming to my website.  There is lots of information about my concerts, gigs, teaching activities, JazzSkills for Piano 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.  Also, I always appreciate your questions, comments and suggestions.

Exciting News!  Just Released!
I have just released a new course called: HymnSkills: Developing Hymn Improvisation.  This course is intended to help church pianists develop the skills necessary to improvise on hymns.  For more info, click HERE.

Just received word that Martan Mann & Mannkind is now available as a station on Pandora.  It’s currently playing tracks from Beatlejazz.  Hope you can check it out.

Here’s a nice comment from one of my Australian JazzSkills for Piano subscribers:

“Hi Martan ! Thank you for your course and video lessons. They have been extremely useful to me. I now use your approach when playing.  At the moment I’m playing each week in the State Library centre in Adelaide (South Australia) and it is certainly giving me new musical freedom.”
Stephen

Have a great day . . .

Martan :)


JazzThought of the Day:

“The Metronome Is Your BFF”
Martan Mann

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For More Jazz Thought Quotes by Martan, visit JazzThought.com.

July 2018 Public Happenings

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Martan Mann

(Most of these gigs are in the San Francisco, San Jose & Monterey Bay Area)

Hi All.
It’s July and it’s fun in the sun and I’m playing lots of excellent gigs in different locations.  It’s a great time for me.

Roberta Donnay

Featured Gig:  I’m loving playing the “Art of the Duo” concerts at Angelicas in Redwood City.  They have been a huge success.  Thank you to Sandra MarloweTammi Brown, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Kay Kostopoulos, Mary Jenson, Daria, Azure McCall and Darryl Rowe for playing great shows.

Our eighth presentation at Angelicas is Wednesday, July 25 and will feature, jazz vocalist, Roberta Donnay.

AWARD WINNING singer-songwriter-producer ROBERTA DONNAY’s music and voice can be heard on film and TV.  Donnay just released her 9th CD (now signed to Blujazz), in tribute to Louis Armstrong with her group, the Prohibition Mob Band, titled: “My Heart Belongs To Satchmo”.

Donnay’s interest in roots music was inspired from the radio, performing with Dick Oxtot’s Golden Age Jazz Band, recording with legendary jazz producer Orrin Keepnews, researching lost and obscure material from the Jazz Age, and touring 10 1/2 years as singer/percussionist with Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks.

As a songwriter and performer, Donnay has won awards including ASCAP Composer Awards, Top Solo Indie Artist in Performing Songwriter Magazine, one of the Best Albums in DownBeat Magazine, and International Film Music Award.

 This will be a night of musical improvisation and creativity and FUN.  Hope you can come.  Tickets are FREE if ordered online at Angelicas website ($10 at the door).  Make your reservations early.


I totally enjoy playing the grand piano at the elegant Cetrella in Los Gatos most Fridays and Saturdays;  playing solo at Merrill Gardens; at the stately San Jose Country Club.  I’m playing a private function at the San Jose Country Club.  I’m playing solo at Dominican Oaks and Merrill Gardens.  I’m playing a couple of private corporate gigs with Wally’s Swing World at Spanish Bay.  I’m playing a private function with the smooth vocalist, Laurent Fourgo.  I also play for the Sundays  at at Westhope Presbyterian Church in Saratoga.  Come here often to check out newly added gigs.  (See the listings below for more information.)

We have updated and revamped the JazzSkills for Piano website. Check it out.  We are now offering a brand new introductory offer.

For you church pianists out there . . . . I just finished my new course, HymnSkills:  Developing Hymn Improvisation.

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.  These gigs are mainly in the San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Jose & Monterey Bay Area.

Best to you . . . Martan :)

JULY 2018 PUBLIC GIGS

Roberta Donnay

Featured Gig:  I’m loving playing the “Art of the Duo” concerts at Angelicas in Redwood City.  They have been a huge success.  Thank you to Sandra MarloweTammi Brown, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Kay Kostopoulos, Mary Jenson, Daria, Azure McCall and Darryl Rowe for playing great shows.

Our ninth presentation at Angelicas is Wednesday, July 25 and will feature, jazz vocalist, Roberta Donnay.

AWARD WINNING singer-songwriter-producer ROBERTA DONNAY’s music and voice can be heard on film and TV.  Donnay just released her 9th CD (now signed to Blujazz), in tribute to Louis Armstrong with her group, the Prohibition Mob Band, titled: “My Heart Belongs To Satchmo”.

Donnay’s interest in roots music was inspired from the radio, performing with Dick Oxtot’s Golden Age Jazz Band, recording with legendary jazz producer Orrin Keepnews, researching lost and obscure material from the Jazz Age, and touring 10 1/2 years as singer/percussionist with Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks.

As a songwriter and performer, Donnay has won awards including ASCAP Composer Awards, Top Solo Indie Artist in Performing Songwriter Magazine, one of the Best Albums in DownBeat Magazine, and International Film Music Award.

 This will be a night of musical improvisation and creativity and FUN.  Hope you can come.  Tickets are FREE if ordered online at Angelicas website ($10 at the door).  Make your reservations early.


Jazz Clinic at Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Wednesday,  July 18, 7 pm
I am teaching a clinic on the important subject:  Developing Solo Jazz Piano.  There will be lots of exercises to develop these skills.  Admission is FREE.  Hope you will come.
Kuumbwa Jazz Center,  Santa Cruz


Cetrella

Fridays and Saturdays,  6:30 – 9:30 pm (TBA)
This is my super-favorite gig.  I love playing on the grand piano in the new elegant Cetrella’s Los Altos Restaurant.  The food and ambiance are unsurpassed.  You will love it.  Call for reservations (and to see if I am playing that night)  650-948-0400.
Cetrella’s,  400 Main Street, Los Altos, CA


Joyce McCulloch
Saturday, July 28 – 8:30 – 11 pm

I’m really looking forward to playing with jazz vocalist, Joyce McCulloch’s fine trio at the lovely Hedley Club at the De Anza Hotel.
De Anza Hotel (Hedley Club), San Jose


San Jose Country Club
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I’m really looking forward to playing for the fine members of this fine club (members only).
San Jose Country Club, San Jose


Dominican OaksFriday, July 20, – 7:15 pm
I’m looking forward to playing for the residents at Dominican Oaks.
Dominican Oaks, 3400 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz


Merrill GardensFriday, Aug 31, – 3:30 pm
I absolutely love playing solo piano for the fine residents of Merrill Gardens (Campbell).  We always have a great time playing the standard tunes.
Merrill Gardens, Winchester, Campbell


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Every Sunday – 10 am Service
I play every Sunday for the beautiful Westhope Presbyterian Church in Saratoga.
Westhope Presbyterian Church, 12850 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga,
(408) 255-0955.

Websites

Check out three of my websites:

JazzSkills for Piano

Check out the newly redesigned JazzSkills for Pianomy extensive online jazz piano course.

JazzThought.com

My new site is JazzThought.com.  This is a great discussion blog where you can ask me questions on jazz, music and improv.

This site grew out of over 80 JazzThoughts that I have placed on Twitter and Facebook and many questions that friends and students have asked me over the years.. You can also view the  JazzThoughts there and ask questions about them.

I hope you will visit this site often and participate with your comments.  I’m looking forward to conversing with you.

Musicmann Website

You are currently on my Musicmann Website (It has lots of information about all my activities, products, JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step 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.

Check out my Resources Page on this website.  I present links of some of my favorite people, companies and products.  You can order the products right from my website page.

Private Teaching

My private teaching schedule is going ahead full-force at home in Boulder Creek and at West Valley Music  in Mt. View! Contact me for a free interview.  My personal students (who take at least two lessons a month) will receive free access to JazzSkills for Piano.

West Valley Music Store
262 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 961-1566
http://www.westvalleymusic.com

I’m also teaching lessons by Skype.  If you are interested, click here.

Courses by Martan Mann

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JazzSkills for Piano is now here!!!

Check it out.  Receive Four Free Videos.

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.

Log on to receive Four Free Videos.

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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 $30 (to view for three months).

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”
  6. “Preparing to Play in All Keys”
  7. “Preparing to Learn a Tune”
  8. “HymnSkills: Developing Hymn Improvisation (Latest Release)”

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 JazzSkills for Piano to receive Four Free Videos.

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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 (408) 234-2364 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.)

 

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Visit MartanBlog to read Martan’s latest blog posts.
(Also visit:  JazzThought.com for more blog posts and jazz quotes.)

 Improve Your Jazz Improv

It’s one thing to improvise. But, what happens when your improv gets boring, stale and repetitive? What are some ways to “restart the engine”? In my own personal playing, I’m always looking for ways to “renew the spark”. I realize that my best improv is when I literally

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