Hi All. It’s July and we are preparing for a long Fourth of July week in Boulder Creek. I’m playing lots of excellent gigs this month in different locations. It’s a great time for me.
Thanks for coming to my website. There is lots of information about my concerts, gigs, teaching activities, JazzSkills for Piano online jazz piano course, JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step (individual online lessons), 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.
We have updated and revamped the JazzSkills for Piano website. Check it out. We are now offering a brand new introductory offer.
Exciting News! New Course!
My newest jazz course is called: Pentatonics for Pianists. This course is intended to help all pianists develop improvisational skills. Pentatonic for Pianists (and other JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step courses) are available for purchase on Udemy.com.
Just received word that Martan Mann & Mankind is now available as a station on Pandora and on Spotify. Hope you can check it out.
“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
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 :)
JULY 2019 PUBLIC GIGS
FEATURED GIG: Sanderlings
Friday, July 19 – 8 – 11 pm
Here’s an all-star jazz group in a super-cool setting. I’m fortunate to play with Scotty Wright (voc), Steve Robertson (drs & leader); Dan Robbins, (bs) and me (keys). The food is great. It’s casual. We will be swinging. Hope you can drop by. Seascape Convention Center, Aptos
San Jose Country Club Sunday, TBA – 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 OaksFriday, TBA, – 7:15 pm I always enjoy playing for the fine residents of Dominican Oaks. Dominican Oaks, 3400 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz
Merrill GardensThursday, July 4 – 1 pm
I absolutely love playing solo piano and with trumpet player, Lewis Keiser (Fourth of July) for the fine residents of Merrill Gardens (Campbell). We always have a great time playing the trad tunes that everyone loves. Merrill Gardens, Winchester, Campbell
Westhope Presbyterian Church
Every Sunday – 10 am Service I play every Sunday for the beautiful Westhope Presbyterian Church in Saratoga. Westhope Presbyterian Church, 12850 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga,
My new site is JazzThought.com. 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.
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.
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!
These lessons are from beginning to fairly advanced and assume that you already have basic pianistic skills. This course will definitely take you “From Here to There”. Visit JazzSkills for Piano to receive Four Free Videos.
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.comto join his mailing list to stay current on the release of new lessons.
Martan Mann is now offering special individual Skype lessons based on his new internet jazz piano course, JazzSkills for Piano. The Skype sessions are paid through PayPal. You should have a Skype account and a webcam. Click Here for more information.
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.
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