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Hi All. 


Due to the current issue with Coronavirus, I am teaching exclusively by Zoom.  Actually, this is working well.  Online Lessons are safe, less stressful, easy to schedule and fun.  My normal price for a 45-minute Skype Lesson is $80.  Currently, the discount price is $65.  Please contact me to schedule piano lessons on Zoom.  (408) 234-2364 and  martan@musicmann.com   

Thanks for coming to my website

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.

Quickie JazzThought

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.

Nice Thought . . .

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.”

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.


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 :)


Corona Virus News:

So sorry to say all gigs are on hold during the current coronavirus pandemic.  Hope to get back to playing live, soon.  Check here to future announcements.

Facebook Live / Zoom Concerts

I am giving special Morning Musing Facebook Live / Zoom Concerts. Check back to this website for future dates.  You can also check my Facebook Page or join my Mailing List for announcements.

Here’s a Video Recording of the last Facebook Live Concert

Arlee Leonard (Direct from New York)  CANCELLED

Saturday, March 21, 6 pm
I’m very fortunate to accompany one of New York’s finest jazz
singers, Arlee Leonard for a private concert in Santa Cruz.  his is my second opportunity to play with Arlee.  She is fantastic.  Seating is very limited.  Email me at martan@musicmann.com if you want more information.

Bernardus Lodge
Saturday,  March 28, 6 – 9 pm
I have the honor of playing grand piano in the lobby of one of Carmel Valley’s most prestigious locations.  I hope you can join me.
Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley Road, Carmel

Santa Cruz Jazz Society Clinic
Sunday, April 12,  2 pm

A lecture intended for all ages and levels of Jazz musicians

This clinic will explore having mastery of modes. It is not enough to know the modes, you have to have a secure knowledge of the modes in your subconscious. Martan will give specific exercises to help you achieve your jazz goals.
East Cliff Brewery, 21517 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

San Jose Country Club
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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 GardensTBA
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 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.