July Public Happenings

Martan Mann

I have great public gigs these months with  Wally’s Cocktail Combo at Severino’s, The Santa Cruz Jazz Society Jam (every Sunday),  Dominico Winery (solo gig), Jason Bellenkes & Jack Hanan at Teskes Germainia, Laurent Fourgo at the Capitola Beach,  Stacy Carter at the Olympic Club, Sandra Marlowe at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Temple Beth El concert in Salinas 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).

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.

Also, to mention: my private teaching schedule is going ahead full-force at home in Boulder Creek and at West Valley Music and Hope Street Music Studios in Mt. View! Contact me for a free interview. 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 :)


July 4 Friday 3 – 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.
Ageis, Aptos, 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos, CA 95003 (831) 706-2977

July 4, Aug 5  Fridays 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

July 7  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.

July 18  9 – 11 pm
I’m backing the totally fab, Stacy Carter at the posh Capital Club in San Jose.  Sorry . . . the club is open to members only.
Capital Club, San Jose

July 25  4:30 – 5:15 pm
This is great . . . it’s the wonderful multi-faceted singer, Sandra Marlowe and six-piece band at the happening Gilroy Garlic Festival.  We are on the Gazebo Stage.  Let’s have some garlic together and hear great jazz.
Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy

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, San Jose 255 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 292-0291


Steady Gigs

Every Sunday 3:30 – 7:30 pm
I am the house pianist at the Santa Cruz Jazz Society s weekly Sunday Jam Session at Bocci’s Cellar in Santa Cruz. The atmosphere is delightful for listening, dancing and sitting-in.
Bocci’s Cellar, 140 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz.

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 Spring 2015.
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:  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.

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”.

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!”


Autumn Leaves:  Martan Mann & Dmitri Matheny

This is from a 2005 concert with Martan Mann and Dmitri Matheny at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose.  (TURN OFF THE MUSIC AT THE TOP OF THIS SITE.)