Welcome to my site.

Thanks for coming to my website.  There is lots of information about my concerts, gigs, teaching activities, 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.

Have a great day . . .
Martan :)

#JazzThought:  “A Jam Session Is A Petri Dish Of Musical Unfoldment.”
Martan Mann
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Summer Public Happenings

Martan Mann

Featured Gig:  I’m playing every Friday from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Cetrella in Half Moon Bay.  I love this gig!!!!!  Hope you will join me.  (The food is great, too)

There are lots of public (and private) gigs this Summer.  I hope you will come by and say “Hi”.   I’m playing solo piano at the elegant Cetrella in Half Moon Bay (every Friday); w/Joann Chang at Rokko (Postponed); w/Laurent Fourgo on the Capitola Stage, w/Back-in-Time at Aegis in Aptos, w/Michael Carter at Byington Winery, at Merrill Gardens in Campbell, Garlic Festival with Sandra Marlowe, Robin Anderson Big Band at The Pocket, San Jose Jazz Festival w/Gail Dobson and at Westhope Presbyterian (every Sunday) in Saratoga.  (See the listings  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.

Check out my Resources Page on this website.  I present links of some of my favorite people and products.

These are my latest standalone lessons from JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step.  (See below for more information)

Current Standalone Step-by-Step Lessons:

  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”  (Latest Release).
  7.  “Preparing to Play a Tune” (Coming)

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.  My personal students (who take at least two lessons a month) will receive free access to JazzSkills for Piano.

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).

You can also now find some of my lessons on the interesting website: Curious.com.  Also, I’m included with some heavy-weight musicians to teach Skype lessons on Wifi Music School (wifimusicschool.com).


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 :)


FB Gig Banner - Cetrella Solo1Every Friday 6:30 – 9:30 pm
This is one of my favorite gigs because a have the opportunity to play my heart out on a beautiful grand piano in a very elegant and modern restaurant.  Join me in the lounge at Cetrella Restaurant.  The food is great.  You will love it.
Cetrella Restaurant, 845 Main Street, Half Moon Bay

Joann ChangJune 27  Saturday 8 – 10 pm
So happy to be accompanying an excellent singer, Joann Chang.  She has a beautiful voice and is very engaged with the audience.  The food is great at Rokko also.  Hope you will join our duo.
Rokko Japanese Cuisine, 190 S Frances St, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 773-8225





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I’m playing with a super combo for the suave singer, Laurent Fourgo at the easy-breezy Capitola Beach Stage.  This is a totally fun gig.  Come down and dance!
Capitola Beach Stage, Capitola




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I’m in the band backing the super “Back in Time” vocal group (sounds like the Andrews Sisters).  You can’t beat this.  Join us at the Aegis Retirement Center.
Aegis,  Aptos

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July 5 Sunday 2-4 pm
Relax with the smooth jazz vocals of Michael Carter and me as a duo.  It’s great wine, sun and jazz!
Byington Winery, Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos


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July 6 Monday 7:30 – 10:30 pm
Now THIS is a gig.  I love playing with the Robin Anderson Big Band w/Ruby Rudman.  This band features the top South Bay Area players and top-of-the-ling big band charts.  This is a treat.  Don’t miss it.
The Pocket, Santa Cruz


SandraMarlowe4Jul 24, Friday 1:15 pm
I’m playing with Sandra Marlowe at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.  I played this last year . . . and it was fabulous.  The charts were great and Sandra’s performance was powerful.  (I love the garlic stuff, too).
Find the parking and come!!!
Gilroy Garlic Festival, Gilroy


gaildobsonAug 9, 1 pm
I’m proud and happy to be playing with my sis, Gail Dobson at the San Jose Jazz Festival.  The whole family will be there!!!

Join us at the Silicon Valley Stage.
San Jose Jazz Festival, San Jose


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This is one of my favorite opportunities to play for the fine folks at Merrill Gardens.  We always have a great time.
Merrill Gardens, Campbell

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 2015.
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.

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” (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 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”.

Check this out!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!”


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.)