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December 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 Holidays!
It’s December and Wintertime.  We finally have rain and cold weather.  The holidays are here!  It’s a great time for love of family and deep religious reflection.   I’m playing lots of excellent holiday gigs in different locations.  It’s a great time for me.

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.

 Charmaigne has performed in various venues of the Monterey Peninsula and Santa Cruz to San Francisco Bay areas. Charmaigne is scheduled to perform  in May 2019 for the third year at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz with the respected, Women of Jazz (WOJ) group. In the 2018 WOJ concert, Charmaigne delivered a riveting rendition of Strange Fruit, a defining song by Billie Holiday.

Charmaigne has enjoyed numerous musical theatre roles with professional and non-profit organizations. Charmaigne was a singer and actress in Ain’t Misbehavin’, a musical  based on Fats Waller tunes. The show was well-received and extended over two years in the Santa Cruz area. Since 2003, Charmaigne has remained a cast member of the Pacific Repertory Theatre (PacRep) (www.pacrep.org) company in Carmel, CA. Charmaigne has enjoyed acting and singing in several character roles for PacRep productions. An audience favorite was the long-running production of  the Buddy Holly Story with Charmaigne in the pivotal role of the Apollo Theatre Performer. Since her debut with PacRep, Charmaigne has performed in ever more challenging roles covering The Supremes, Marvelettes, Gloria Gaynor, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, and Big Mama Thornton. Charmaigne is preparing for more acting and singing roles in the upcoming PacRep production of  the Legends of Rock and Roll, Dec. 29, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019 (https://www.pacrep.org/LegendsofRockTribute). 

 In October 2018, Charmaigne entertained a full house of PacRep patrons and supporters during an elegant fundraiser dinner show at the Monterey Convention Center. The attendees were highly complimentary of Charmaigne’s acting and singing in the role of Aretha Franklin. Recently, Charmaigne made an appearance and sang a song at the Sunday Jazz session held at the Embassy Suites in Seaside, California. The lineup of professional musicians included the great pianist, Martan Mann. The singing host, Mr. Lee Durley wrote that Charmaigne’s singing was an “…out of the park performance of “San Francisco”. WOW!” (https://www.facebook.com/ldurley/posts/10213166749419978)

 In addition, Charmaigne sings in various establishments, for special occasions and diverse audiences. The Best Western Seacliff Inn,  Severino’s is a favorite local venue for live music in the Santa Cruz area. Charmaigne has performed at Severino’s with Don McCaslin and fellow musicians as well as with her bands for many years. Charmaigne has received numerous acknowledgements of her singing talents from locals and world travelers who dined or danced to the live music at Severino’s. Also, Charmaigne performed with her band, the Motown Express (MTX) at the Monterey Blues Festival for four seasons. Charmaigne sings with her other band, the Charmaigne Scott Trio for special events.

 Charmaigne is a singer, actress and songwriter, as well. Charmaigne has two cds set for release early in 2019: Jazz And Soul & Lush Life. Charmaigne has released one original tune she wrote with families in mind. Charmaigne’s song, Chess Games is available for your listening pleasure on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC7dka8kfzk


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!

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A veteran musician with over 40 years experience, one can hear the entire spectrum of jazz singing in the performances Scotty Wright has presented 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.

Writer Zen Delta in Bangkok states, 

“…be clear on one thing. When Scotty’s in charge of the gig, then there’s gonna be some great music and you’re gonna remember in a heartbeat why it was you loved jazz in the first place. 

Scotty lives and breathes the spirit of jazz, and he delivers the fine music jazz has to offer with style and musicianship and heart and soul.”

When Scotty takes the audience into the world of the blues, there is no doubt he has been there before.

While he’s singing a romantic ballad, the listener feels each note, hearing and believing every word. 

And in his uptempo songs, he generates an energy that ignites the room, especially during his thrilling forays into wordless ‘scat’ singing.

Monterey writer William Minor tells us, 

“Wright is a fine instrumental vocalist…one who invents his own syllables – rich ones – based, he says, on his perception of ‘the sounds of the instruments: a musician’s way of speaking in tongues’.

“That only works if you hang around with, and listen to the right sort of players, and it was clear…Wright took on the timbre, taste and invention of the musicians who surrounded him.”

Scotty’s repertoire includes interpretations of classic songs by Gershwin, Porter, Kern and Rodgers & Hart; jazz standards by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter and Billy Strayhorn, as well as his own well-crafted songs.

In everything he sings, one is certain that the song has never been heard quite the same way before, nor will be again. It is this element of the unexpected, what Scotty calls the ‘music of the moment’, that is the essence of great jazz. 

While his style is informed by the masters of jazz singing – Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Jimmy Scott, Carmen McRae, Johnny Hartman and Billie Holiday, among others  – Scotty’s way with a song is unmistakably his own. 

In his review of Scotty’s first recording, Hugh Wyatt of the New York Daily News declared, 

“Scotty Wright is becoming one of only a handful of authentic jazz singers…Whom does Wright sound like? Surprisingly, no one…the most gifted new jazz singer in decades.”


Additional December Gigs:

I totally enjoy playing the grand piano at the elegant Cetrella in Los Gatos most Fridays and Saturdays; playing lots of Holiday Parties;  playing with Mike Bastian’s Pentimento Jazz Trio at Sam’s Chowder House, Aladdin Nursery and private parties; playing at Dominican Oaks with Ann Whittington and Phil Smith on NYE;  playing with the Clicktrax Jazz Band in Monterey on NYE; playing solo at Merrill Gardens; at the stately San Jose Country Club.  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.)

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, Molly Holm, Wendy Waller, Ellen Johnson, Deborah Winters, Lin McPhillips, and Clif Payne for playing great shows.

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.

Courses by Martan Mann

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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
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  • JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step (stand alone lessons)
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  • Lots of text and much more.

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JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step

Martan Mann has created single stand-alone intensive lessons for the jazz pianist.  These lessons are available for separate sale for $30 (to view for three months).

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”
  7. “Preparing to Learn a Tune”
  8. “HymnSkills: Developing Hymn Improvisation (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 JazzSkills for Piano to receive Four Free Videos.

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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 (408) 234-2364 for more information. Or, send an email to [email protected].

“I love to back vocalists!”

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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.)

 

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 Improve Your Jazz Improv

It’s one thing to improvise. But, what happens when your improv gets boring, stale and repetitive? What are some ways to “restart the engine”? In my own personal playing, I’m always looking for ways to “renew the spark”. I realize that my best improv is when I literally

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Music Language

This is a blog post article by Martan Mann
Author of JazzSkills for Piano®
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We have often been told that “music is the universal language”. Another way to look at this is to consider music as a direct language of emotion. It is an instant access into the subconscious of the listener. It is powerful!

I’m not an expert on brain functions, but I’m fairly sure that the same center of the brain that allows to speak, converse, create and conceive is the same “language center” which allows us to improvise and compose music. If that is true, we can directly improve our ability to improvise by learning music the same as we learn other languages.

I have some exercises which will develop your music-language skills.

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Time is not a click.

This is a blog post article by Martan Mann
Author of JazzSkills for Piano®
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Music is not about perfection.  It is about feeling.  Jazz, in particular is about groove.  It is groove which gives jazz it’s identity, it’s purpose, it’s joy.  You know groove when you hear it.  You know what it feels like.  The main issue is . . . how to develop a great groove in your playing?

I’m pretty sure that ALL great players practice to a metronome.  Practicing to a metronome develops an internal “click” in the player’s subconscious.  However the click is only a reference point.  If you have recorded your music, you, and all the players on the recording, have probably listened to a “click track” while recording.  All the players have the same reference point of time.

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