Take Five With Martha J.
From the CD No one but you, I like "Sophisticated Lady," "Lush Life," "No one but you," that I wrote with pianist Francesco Chebat, and "Gota de Lluvia," that is a very, very old song from Argentina and which, even if it can't be classified as jazz, I had to put in the CD because I like it too much!
From That's It! I like "Almost Like Being in Love," "You Go to My Head," "Angel Eyes," "The Very Thought of You" and "Stompin' at the Savoy."
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
I don't know if I am really contributing...I just do the things I like and that me feel happy and whole, and try to make people feel the same as I do.
How do you use the internet to help your career?
I send emails to a mailing list of fans and friends. I have a page on MySpace and a website.
CDs you are listening to now:
Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley (Capitol)
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
The situation is fluid, unstable: some things change here and there, melt together, take inspiration from other cultures, go back to the past, try to anticipate the future... but I don't think that something (or someone) is really sticking out, making the difference and acting as a real innovator.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
The essential requirement is to keep jazz musicians alive and growing! Most musicians must play, study, write music or make CDs in bits of free time, because, to earn their living, they have got to do another job.
This obviously doesn't help to improve the skill of the musicians, the quality of the music and the production of new music and new ideas. We should have more places to play, best paid gigs, more schools, more attention from press and television...
What is in the near future?
I am writing new songs for a CD I am going to record next December.
I teach: I am a vocal trainer for singers and actors.