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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!  Just Released!
I have just released a new course called: HymnSkills: Developing Hymn Improvisation.  This course is intended to help church pianists develop the skills necessary to improvise on hymns.  For more info, click HERE.

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

Music jazz improvisation

For More Jazz Thought Quotes by Martan, visit JazzThought.com.

August 2018 Public Happenings

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Martan Mann

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

Hi All.
It’s August and it’s fun in the sun and I’m playing lots of excellent gigs in different locations.  It’s a great time for me.

Wendy Waller

Featured Gig:  I’m loving playing the “Art of the Duo” concerts at Angelicas in Redwood City.  They have been a huge success.  Thank you to Sandra MarloweTammi Brown, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Kay Kostopoulos, Mary Jenson, Daria, Azure McCall, Darryl Rowe, Roberta Donnay and Molly Holm for playing great shows.

Our eleventh presentation at Angelicas is Wednesday, August 22 and will feature, exciting jazz vocalist, Wendy Waller.

Wendy Waller’s unique and creative approach to melody and lyric embodies the vast rich landscape of American Music. Born into an artistic family of musicians, painters, and writers, Wendy spent her young years cultivating her multiple abilities, singing, acting and dancing in musical theater.

Wendy has fronted several successful bands, worked as a freelance singer, and contributed her talents to a number of projects, including Chris Isaak’s “Speak of the Devil.” Wendy performs at a wide variety of venues throughout the Bay Area.  She was also one of 10 finalists selected from over 10,000 entries worldwide for the Rising Star competition, which was part of British Music Week.

Wendy also teaches private voice to children and adults.  She is certified in three levels of Somatic Voicework™: the LoVetri Method and is certified as a level 1 Instructor by the Institute for Vocal Advancement.

Wendy has taught and assisted at U.C. Berkeley, San Jose State University, Foothill Junior College and the Community School of Music and Art in Mountain View, California. She teaches at two locations in the San Francisco Bay Area: Menlo Park, and Mountain View.

This will be a night of musical improvisation and creativity and FUN.  Hope you can come.  Tickets are FREE if ordered online at Angelicas website ($10 at the door).  Make your reservations early.


Big Kickin’ Show at Angelicas featuring super singer, Darryl Rowe and the Angelicas All-Star Band.  I totally enjoy playing the grand piano at the elegant Cetrella in Los Gatos most Fridays and Saturdays;  playing solo at Merrill Gardens; at the stately San Jose Country Club.  I’m playing solo at Dominican Oaks and Merrill Gardens.  I’m playing a couple of private corporate gigs with Wally’s Swing World at Spanish Bay.  I’m playing at the Capitola Esplanade Stage with vocalist, Ron Kaplan.   I also play for the Sundays  at at Westhope Presbyterian Church in Saratoga.  Come here often to check out newly added gigs.  (See the listings below for more information.)

Next Art of the Duo Angelicas shows:
August 25:  Darryl Rowe & Angelicas All-Star Band (Saturday Show)
September 5:  Ellen Johnson
September 19:  Deborah Winters

We have updated and revamped the JazzSkills for Piano website. Check it out.  We are now offering a brand new introductory offer.

For you church pianists out there . . . . I just finished my new course, HymnSkills:  Developing Hymn Improvisation.

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 :)

AUGUST 2018 PUBLIC GIGS

Wendy Waller



Featured Gig:  Our eleventh presentation at Angelicas is Wednesday, August 22 and will feature, exciting jazz vocalist, Wendy Waller.

Wendy Waller’s unique and creative approach to melody and lyric embodies the vast rich landscape of American Music. Born into an artistic family of musicians, painters, and writers, Wendy spent her young years cultivating her multiple abilities, singing, acting and dancing in musical theater.

Wendy has fronted several successful bands, worked as a freelance singer, and contributed her talents to a number of projects, including Chris Isaak’s “Speak of the Devil.” Wendy performs at a wide variety of venues throughout the Bay Area.  She was also one of 10 finalists selected from over 10,000 entries worldwide for the Rising Star competition, which was part of British Music Week.

Wendy also teaches private voice to children and adults.  She is certified in three levels of Somatic Voicework™: the LoVetri Method and is certified as a level 1 Instructor by the Institute for Vocal Advancement.

Wendy has taught and assisted at U.C. Berkeley, San Jose State University, Foothill Junior College and the Community School of Music and Art in Mountain View, California. She teaches at two locations in the San Francisco Bay Area: Menlo Park, and Mountain View.

This will be a night of musical improvisation and creativity and FUN.  Hope you can come.  Tickets are FREE if ordered online at Angelicas website ($10 at the door).  Make your reservations early.

Next Art of the Duo Angelicas shows:
August 25:  Angelicas Kickin’ Show w/Darryl Rowe & the Angelicas All-Star Band
September 5:  Ellen Johnson
September 19:  Deborah Winters


Ron Kaplan

Sunday,  August 5, 2 – 4 pm
I’m playing with jazz singer, Ron Kaplan at the Capitola Esplanade.  Fun gig.
Capitola Esplanade Stage,  Capitola


Angelicas Kickin’ Show featuring Darryl RoweSaturday, August 25  8:30 pm
Big Kickin’ Show
with fab singer, Darryl Rowe and Martan Mann’s Angelicas All-Star Band, with John Worley, trumpet/Doug Poharsky,bass/Wally Schnalle, drums and yours truly on piano.  Make reservations early!
Angelicas, 
863 Main Street, Redwood City, CA


Cetrella

Fridays and Saturdays,  6:30 – 9:30 pm (TBA)
This is my super-favorite gig.  I love playing on the grand piano in the new elegant Cetrella’s Los Altos Restaurant.  The food and ambiance are unsurpassed.  You will love it.  Call for reservations (and to see if I am playing that night)  650-948-0400.
Cetrella’s,  400 Main Street, Los Altos, CA


San Jose Country Club
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I’m really looking forward to playing for the fine members of this fine club (members only).
San Jose Country Club, San Jose


Dominican OaksFriday, July 20, – 7:15 pm
I’m looking forward to playing for the residents at Dominican Oaks.
Dominican Oaks, 3400 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz


Merrill GardensFriday, Aug 31, – 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.