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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.

January/February 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.
Happy New Year to all!   It’s a new year with new goals and projects.  This is a great time to compose new music and play with outstanding musicians.

Featured Gig:  Starting February 13, I am introducing a new music series called:  The Art of the Duo.  This will be presented at Redwood City’s premiere jazz music center, Angelicas.  I particularly enjoy playing duo with fabulous vocalists and instrumentalists.  Our first presentation will feature the multi-talented Sandra Marlowe.  She literally sings all styles.  This will be a night of musical improvisation and creativity.  Hope you can come.

I’m looking forward to playing the grand piano at the elegant Cetrella in Los Gatos this year (TBA);  playing with the fun 10th Avenue Band;  playing solo at Merrill Gardens; at the stately San Jose Country Club.  Playing with a cool trio with bassist, Jack Hanan and drummer at the Flight Cafe.  I’m playing a fun duo with one of my favorite trumpet players, Lewis Keiser at the Sunnyvale Senior Center.  I’m playing solo at Dominican Oaks.  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.)

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 :)

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 PUBLIC GIGS

January (TBA),  6:30 – 9:30 pm
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.
Cetrella’s,  400 Main Street, Los Altos, CA


Thursday, January 4, – 7:30 – 10:30 pm
This is going to be a total fun night of music and dancing at the Santa Clara Recreation Center.
Santa Clara Recreation Center, 1303 Fremont St., Santa Clara


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


Friday, January 19, – 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


Saturday, January 20 & February 24, – 2 pm
I’m looking forward to playing for the residents at Dominican Oaks.
Dominican Oaks, 3400 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz


Saturday, January 27,  8 – 11 pm
Looking for a relaxing evening with trio jazz and wine?  Come to the Flight Wine Bar & Cafe and hear the Jack Hanan Trio, with Jack on bass, Kirk Abe, drums and me on keys.  This is going to be great.
Flight Wine Bar & Cafe, 1596 Washington Blvd, Fremont


Wednesday, February 7,  7:30 – 10:30 pm
It’s Here . . . the cooking Hedley Jam with Stephen Marley, host/drums, Nils Johnson, bass and me on piano as house band.  Hope you can drop in and sit in.
Deanda Hotel, San Jose


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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.


Friday, February 9, 11:30 – 1 pm 
Super trumpet player, Lewis Keiser and I are playing a fun set of Dixieland tunes for the fine folks at the Sunnyvale Senior Center.  This is for their Mardi Gras event.
Sunnyvale Senior Center, 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale,


Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 – 9:30 pm 
Featured Gig:  Starting February 13, I am introducing a new music series called:  The Art of the Duo.  This will be presented at Redwood City’s premiere jazz music center, Angelicas.  I particularly enjoy playing duo with fabulous vocalists and instrumentalists.  Our first presentation will feature the multi-talented Sandra Marlowe.  She literally sings all styles.  This will be a night of musical improvisation and creativity.  Admission is free if you sign up online, or $10 at the door.  Hope you can come.
Angelicas, 863 Main Street, Redwood City,
http://www.angelicasllc.com