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!
I’m just now putting the finishing touches on a new course called: HymnSkills: Developing Hymn Improvisation.  This course is intended to help church pianists develop the skills necessary to improvise on hymns.  We will be announcing the publishing date soon.

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 2017 Public Happenings

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Martan Mann

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

Hi All.

The fun summer months are here.  Looking forward to some fun gigs this month.

This month,    I’m playing  at the elegant Cetrella in Los Altos (Check for exact dates);  I’m playing with my sister, Gail Dobson and her fine band;  Playing with Wally’s Swing World (private gigs);  playing solo at Merrill Gardens; at the stately San Jose Country Club.  I’m playing for the first time as “host pianist” for the Blue Door Jam.  I also play for the Sunday Service 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.

I just posted a new blog post on MartanBlog.  It’s called “Six Steps To Independence From The Groove”.  Hope you enjoy it.

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 2017 PUBLIC GIGS


July TBA,  6 – 9 pm
This is my super-favorite gig.  I love playing every Saturday on the grand piano in the new elegant Cetrella’s Los Altos Restaurant.  The food and ambiance are unsurpassed.  You will love it.
Cetrella’s,  400 Main Street, Los Altos, CA


Sunday, July 9, – 2 pm
Now this is a great gig.  I’m happy to play with my sister, Gail Dobson’s fine band at the Poor House Bistro.  We always have a great time.  Hope you can join us.
Poor House Bistro, San Jose


screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-10-38-57-amSunday July 9, – 5:30 – 8:30 pm
I’m really looking forward to playing for the fine members of this club (members only).
San Jose Country Club, San Jose


Mondays, July 10 & 17 (Private Gigs)
Looking forward to playing two great gigs with the fabulous Wally’s Swing World.  (Sorry . . . the gigs are private).



Thursday, July 13   6:30 – 10 pm

I’m playing for the first time as “house pianist” for Scott Barnhill’s Blue Door Jam.  This should total fun.  Come in and play.”
Blue Door Restaurant, 1502 Saratoga Ave, San Jose


Friday, July 28, – 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.


Wednesday, June dates to be announced:  8 – 11 pm
I love playing piano in the lobby of the elegant San Jose Fairmont Hotel.  This is THE vibrant location in the downtown area to enjoy super ambiance and great jazz.  Hope you can stop by.
San Jose Fairmont Hotel Lobby, San Jose

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, at West Valley Music and Hope Street Music Studios 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.

Hope Street Music Studios is at a spanking new location in Mt. View at 2224 Old Middlefield Way, Suite E.  I teach there on Tuesdays.
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 961-2192.
http://www.hopestreetmusicstudios.com

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”

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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Six Steps To Independence From The Groove

I think we all know the “groove” when we experience it.  It’s the emotional pulse that we feel when listening to music.  In playing jazz, rock or pop music, it’s very important to first set up a strong groove.  However, once you start playing the melody, it is equally important to be independent from the groove.  In other words, the vocalist or instrumental soloist is literally playing over the groove.

The problem for pianists (and also guitarists) is that they are often playing both the groove and the solo.  It’s an important element of style that both groove and soloing should be distinctly different.  For instance, think of a pianist or guitarist playing a groove while also talking freely to the audience.  It takes a lot of practice and experience to develop this freedom. Continue reading