August Public Happenings

Martan Mann

I have great public gigs these months with  Wally’s Cocktail Combo at Severino’s, Botanical Gardens & Flower Farm (w/Back in Time), Mt. Charley’s Jazz Jam, Jason Bellenkes & Jack Hanan at Teskes Germainia, SJ Fairmont, w/Wally,  Blue Rock Jam in Saratoga,  Arya w/Jason, Cetrella w/Deborah Winters, 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) (You’re on it now!) and JazzSkills for Piano (my extensive online jazz piano course).   You can request to receive Four Free Videos . . . or to receive my email updates.

Just Released:  JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step
I have a new series of intensive standalone lessons.   These lessons are available for purchase for $14.95 (to view for three months).  They are also included with the Premium Subscription in JazzSkills for Piano.  The first lesson is “Learning Giant Steps for the Jazz Pianist”.  The second lesson (to be released soon):  “Modal Improv for the Jazz Pianist”.

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 (look for it).  Just started: I am now teaching piano lessons by Skype (More information below).


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 :)


Aug 1, Sep 3  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,Olaf Shippiacasse on drums and me on keys.  This is definitely THE scene. Be there!
Severino’s, Aptos 7500 Old Dominion Ct, Aptos, CA 95003 (831) 688-8987

Aug 10, Sunday 1 – 4 pm
I’m playing with the smooth sounds of “Back in Time”. This is a well-rehearsed group, featuring Ann Whittington, Gail Cruse and Vicki Coffis, who sound like the famed Andrews Sisters.  The band features Phil Smith on sax, Bill Bosch on bass and me on piano.  This is always a great concert.
Botanical Gardens & Flower Farm in Elkhorn Slough area

Aug 11 Monday  8 – 11 pm
This is great!  I’m playing at guitarist, Kevan Smedt’s Jazz Jam with an all-star rhythm section:  John Shifflett on bass and Stephen Marley on drums.  Hey . . . come by . . . sit in . . . enjoy!
Mt. Charley’s,  15 N. Santa Cruz Ave.  Downtown Los Gatos

Aug 15 Friday  6:30 – 10:30 pm
Come and eat, drink and hear great jazz with two of my favorite players:  Jason Bellenkes on sax and vocals and Jack Hanan on bass.   The food is “German-Amazing”.  You will enjoy this experience.
Teskes Germainia,  255 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 292-0291

Aug 16 Saturday 9 – 12 am
w/Wally’s Cocktail Combo at the elegant San Jose Fairmont Hotel (in the lobby). The quartet includes:  Wally on vocals and guitar, Mark Hamersley on bass, Steve Turner on drums and me on keys.  What can I say??? This is the Fairmont.  Make it a date!
SJ Fairmont Hotel, San Jose

Aug 17 Sunday 3 – 6 pm
I’m excited to play in the House Band at the Blue Rock Cafe in Saratoga for the first time.  The rest of the House Band is a long-time friend, Bob Boehm on bass and Michael Medwid on drums.  Come in and sit in.
Blue Rock Cafe, Saratoga

Aug 22 Friday  7 – 11 pm
Come and eat, drink and hear great jazz with two of my favorite players:  Jason Bellenkes on sax and vocals and Jack Hanan on bass.  Great food, jazz . . . and belly dancing (not by the band).
Arya Restaurant, Steven’s Creek, SJ

Aug 23 Saturday  7:30 – 10:30 pm
If you haven’t heard the wonderful jazz vocalist, Deborah Winters . . . here is your chance.  I’ll be backing her with a TBA (wonderful) bassist.  This is a first-class restaurant and lounge.  THE perfect setting to sit back and groove.
Cetrella, Main Street, Half Moon Bay

Sep 1 Monday 7 – 10 pm
It’s back. The great Robin Anderson Big Band w/Ruby Rudman is performing once again at The Pocket (appropriately named) in Santa Cruz. If you love big bands . . . . don’t miss this performance.
The Pocket, 3102 Portola Drive (30th & Portola.

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 2014.
Cabrillo College Music School, Aptos

JazzSkills for Piano

JazzSkills for Piano is now here!!!

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Here’s some exciting new news regarding my new jazz piano improv course, “JazzSkills for Piano (Getting from Here to There).   Finally, after a five-year development, my online jazz piano course, JazzSkills for Piano is now here! JazzSkills for Piano has over 200 lesson videos, downloadable PDFs, The Private Lesson Blog, Masterclass: Step by Step, Skype, Webinars, lots of text and much more.  Log on to receive Four Free Videos.  TURN OFF THE MUSIC AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE TO LISTEN TO THIS VIDEO.


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.

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: 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 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”.


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 seven videos, downloadable PDFs, text and reference to modal tunes.  (SOON TO BE RELEASED)

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

“I love to back vocalists!”


Over the Rainbow:  Martan Mann, Piano & Tim Welvaars, Jazz Harmonica

This is from the CD, “Two for the Muse”, recorded by Tim Welvaars, jazz harmonica and Martan Mann, piano.  (TURN OFF THE MUSIC AT THE TOP OF THIS SITE.)