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September 2017 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 the end of Summer . . . and it’s HOT! in Boulder Creek.  Looking forward to some fun gigs this September.

This month:  Super Gig:  I’m fortunate to play a piano trio concert at  Angelicas w/drummer, Smith Dobson & bassist, Eric Markowitz;  I’m playing  at the elegant Cetrella in Los Altos (Check for exact dates);  Playing with vocalist Joyce McCulloch  and her band at Savanna Jazz and San Pedro Square;   playing with the Robin Anderson Big Band w/Ruby Rudman, playing several private gigs with Mike Bastian’s Pentiamo Jazz; playing solo at Merrill Gardens; at the stately San Jose Country Club.  I also play for the Sunday Service 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.   (Soon to be released)

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 :)


SEPTEMBER 2017 PUBLIC GIGS


Thursday, September 28,  7:30 – 9:30 pm
This is my featured gig for September.   I love playing with the grand piano on the stage at Angelicas in Redwood City.   I’m particularly happy to be playing with two of the Bay Area’s finest musicians:  Smith Dobson V on drums and Eric Markowitz on bass.  The food is also fantastic.  You will love it.
Angelicas,  863 Main Street, Redwood City, CA



September TBA,  6:30 – 9:30 pm
This is my super-favorite gig.  I love playing every Saturday 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


Monday, September 11,  7:30 – 10 pm 
I love playing with this serious big band, Robin Anderson Big Band w/Ruby Rudman.  This band swings . . . and plays . . . good!  You’ll love it, too.
Boardwalk Bowl, 115 Cliff St, Santa Cruz

 


Friday, September 15,  8 – 11:30 pm – Savanna Jazz
Wednesday, September 27,  6 – 9 – San Pedro Square
I have an opportunity to play two September gigs for one of my favorite vocalists, Joyce McCulloch and her band.
Savanna Jazz  1189 Laurel St., San Carlos
San Pedro Square 87 N San Pedro Street, San Jose


Mike Bastian
Multiple Gigs in September
I’m looking forward to playing several private gigs in September with drummer/vocalist, Mike Bastian and Pentiamo Jazz.


screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-10-38-57-amFriday September 29, – 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, September 29, – 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.

Courses by Martan Mann

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JazzSkills for Piano is now here!!!

Check it out.  Receive Four Free Videos.

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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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 martan@musicmann.com.

“I love to back vocalists!”