Welcome to my site.

Thanks for coming to my website.  There is lots of information about my activities, 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:  There Is No Music In The Fingers.”
–Martan Mann
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October Public Happenings

Martan Mann

Just Released:  Modal Improvisation for the Jazz Pianist.
This is my latest standalone lesson from JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step.  (See below for more information)

I have lots of great public gigs with the Hedley Jam at the DeAnza Hotel, Wally’s Cocktail Combo at Severino’s,   Wally’s Swing World at the Santa Cruz Wharf, Arya in Cupertino w/Jason Bellenkes, Back-in-Time at Ageis, 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.

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).


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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This is one of the best jams in the area.    I’m playing in the House Band for the Hedley Jam at the DeAnza Hotel.  The house band is sterling:  Stephen Marley on drums, Jack Hanan on bass and me on acoustic piano (love the piano) and an all-star cast of great players and singers sittin’ in.  Don’t miss this!
DeAnza Hotel, San Jose

WallysSWOct 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, Michael Strunk 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

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w/Wally’s Swing World at the Santa Cruz Wharf.  We are da headliners.  Don’t miss this.
Santa Cruz Wharf Stage, Santa Cruz

FB Gig Banner - AryaOct 10, Friday 7:30 – 11 pm
w/Jason Bellenkes, sax and Jack Hanan, bass.  I love playing with these fine musicians.  Musical creativity always happens.  Enjoy jazz and great food (the belly dancing is super, too).
Arya Restaurant, Stevens Creek and Blaney, Cupertino

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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.
Ageis Retirement Community,  Aptos.

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

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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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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:  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”.

Newest Release!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!”


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.)