All posts by Martan Mann

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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.”

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


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 :)


Charmaigne Scott

Featured Gig:  Our next duo show is with the soulful songstress, Charmaigne Scott at Angelicas, December 19.

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

Charmaigne Scott – Biographical Profile

Charmaigne Scott hails from a Gospel Family of singers who taught her about harmonizing voices as they practiced the latest Gospel hits of the day. Charmaigne was influenced by her Mother, Sister Deola Booker and the female and male quartets who helped define African American Gospel music. Charmaigne’s early training and subsequent music education were incentives to incorporate various genres in her vocal repertoire. Charmaigne is fluent in Motown, R&B, Jazz, Rock-n-Roll, Blues, Contemporary, and Gospel music.

Scotty Wright

Featured Gig:  Our next duo show is with the soulful jazz singer, Scotty Wright at Angelicas, December 23.

This will be a night of holiday jazz, musical improvisation and creativity and FUN.  Come and see Angelicas newly-designed dining room.  Hope you can come.  Tickets are FREE if ordered online at Angelicas website ($10 at the door).  Make your reservations early.

Scotty Wright – Biographical Profile

A veteran musician with over 40 years experience, one can hear the entire spectrum of jazz singing in the performances that

singer-songwriter Scotty Wright has presented in 20 countries around the world, including China, Thailand, Japan, Dubai and Jordan.

With a warm, rich-toned voice, tremendous range and relaxed delivery, Scotty possesses a unique sound that is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition.

From ballads to blues to bossa nova to straight-ahead swinging, Scotty glides smoothly from one song, one mood, one groove to another, taking listeners along for a very satisfying ride!

Los Altos 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

Alladin Nursery
Mike Bastian
Saturday, December 2 – 4 – 8 pm

I’m playing a Sunday afternoon gig with Mike Bastian’s Pentimento Trio at Aladdin Nursery in Watsonville.  Total fun.  Jazz.
Aladdin Nursery, Freedom Blvd, Watsonville, CA

San Jose Country Club
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

Dominican OaksMonday, Dec 31, – NYE 2 – 4 pm
I’m looking forward to playing with Ann Whittington and Phil Smith for the residents at Dominican Oaks.
Dominican Oaks, 3400 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz

Todd Clickards Tenor Tones

Monday, Dec 31, – NYE 8 – 12 am
Really looking forward to playing on NYE with Todd Clickards elegant Tenor Tones Band.
Monterey Elks Lodge, 
150 Mar Vista Drive, Monterey

Merrill GardensSaturday, December 22, -3 pm, Friday, February 1, – 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 tunes that everyone loves.
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.


Check out three of my websites:

JazzSkills for Piano

Check out the newly redesigned JazzSkills for Pianomy extensive online jazz piano course.

My new site is  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 and at West Valley Music  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.

West Valley Music Store
262 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 961-1566

I’m also teaching lessons by Skype.  If you are interested, click here.