Welcome to my site.

 

Hi All. 
It’s January and a new year.  I’m playing lots of excellent  gigs 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, 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.

For you church pianists out there . . . . I just finished my new course, HymnSkills:  Developing Hymn Improvisation.

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.”
Stephen

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 JazzThought.com.

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 :)

JANUARY 2019 PUBLIC GIGS

FEATURED GIG:

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, Clif Payne, Charmaigne Scott & Scotty Wright for playing great shows.

Tammi Brown

Our next duo show is with the soulful songstress, Tammi Brown at Angelicas, January 8.

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.

Tammi Brown – Biographical Profile

Tammi Brown is currently a vocalist in the two-time Grammy Award nominated Vocal Ensemble The Cultural Heritage Choir led by the Legendary, Linda Tillery.

Her musical journey has taken her to many stages in over 10 countries including solo performances at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, The Monterey Jazz and Blues Festivals, Abbey De Boscodon in Crots, France, and many more.

Recently, Tammi was selected to be ‘The Voice’ of the New Jazzbook Series produced by Albert Greenberg.  Ms. Brown also performs with the world renowned Jazz guitarist, Stanley Jordan, and provided her vocals on “Steppin’ Out” on his “State of Nature” record, which received a 51st Grammy Award nomination. In addition, she was selected to perform in the ‘Tribute to Quincy Jones’ at the 59th Monterey Jazz Festival as well as the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California alongside the legendary, Valerie Simpson – directed by Quincy Jones and John Clayton.

Tammi has shared the stage with many distinguished Artists including Renaissance Poet, Dr. Maya Angelou and prominent Folk singer, Joan Baez. Her voice is also on Blues’ great, Eric Bibb’s “Jericho Road” record. Tammi co-produced her single “That’s How it Goes” with 13-time Grammy nominated Jazz Fusion artist, Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra and is currently working on a new record scheduled to be released year-end 2018.


Karin Carson

The next duo show is with the jazz singer, Karin Carson at Angelicas, January 22.

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.

Karin Carson – Biographical Profile

KARIN CARSON is a talented and appealing jazz singer. The granddaughter of San Diego jazz trumpeter Peter Sirna, Karin grew up around music. Early in life, her talents extended beyond singing to include organizing youth events, puppet shows, and choirs. She has held positions with Jazz 88.3 FM, Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Monterey Jazz Festival. She is an avid spokeswoman and activist for the music she so dearly loves. Her debut album “The Time Is Now” is a mixture of jazz standards, originals and a few surprises. The collection as a whole forms a soundtrack for her purpose driven life. www.karincarson.com


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


Star La’Moan & The Kitchenettes

Friday, January 4 – 7:30 pm

I’m joining the fun band, Star La’Moan and the Kitchenettes at the East Cliff Brewery.  Promises to be a great time.  Hope you can join us.  Website:  www.stonelyonsproductions.com
East Cliff Brewery, 21517 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, 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 OaksTBA
I always enjoy playing for the fine residents of Dominican Oaks.
Dominican Oaks, 3400 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz


Merrill GardensFriday, 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


Westhope Presbyterian ChurchWesthope 2015-11-01 at 10.45.43 PM

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.