It’s February and there is a chill in the air. I’m playing lots of excellent gigs in different locations. It’s a great time for me. Check below for more gig info.
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.
My newest announcement is that I’ve set up a new YouTube Channel called Quickie JazzThought.This presents free videos which give deep musical thoughts in a very easily understandable way. I’ve also upgraded my JazzThought Website with lots of new features. Check it out to view blog posts, videos, jazz quotes and much more. I’m also posting new “Morning Musings”. These are my piano improvisations on some of my favorite tunes.
I’ve just uploaded my first Quickie JazzThought video:“Connecting V7 – I”. This video gives two accessible exercises which develops a connection to this powerful resolution. I hope you will visit this video and give me your valuable feedback. I appreciate it also if you would subscribe to the channel. Watch for new free videos soon.
Just uploaded a second Quickie JazzThought video: Time Against Time. This “jazz thought” gives you an easy, natural, musical way to develop all time-against-time issues. Check it out.
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 is my latest JAZZ MASTERCLASS: Step-by-Step individual course.
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 :)
FEBRUARY 2020 PUBLIC GIGS
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, February 7, 7:15 pm I always enjoy playing for the fine residents of Dominican Oaks. Dominican Oaks, 3400 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz
Bernardus Lodge Friday, February 14, 6 – 9 pm I have the honor at playing at one of Carmel Valley’s most prestigious locations for Valentine’s Day. I hope you can join me in this most romantic location.
Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley Road, Carmel
I absolutely love playing solo piano for the fine residents of Merrill Gardens (Campbell). We always have a great time playing the great 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,
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