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John di Martino: Piano Man In/On Demand

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John di Martino is a New York area based pianist, composer, arranger and Venus recording artist. He is a sought after musical director and is in demand by many singers as an accompanist, having accompanied such singers as Jon Hendricks, Sylvia Sims, Diane Schuur and Billy Eckstine. His talents as a pianist and arranger can be heard on recordings with Freddy Cole, Gloria Lynne and Grady Tate. Noted for his versatility, di Martino has also performed and recorded with such notables as Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Joe Lovano, the late David “Fathead" Newman, Pat Martino, Paquito D'Rivera and Houston Person. ...

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Two Tastes of Monk: Magical Mystery and Strayhornmonk

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John DiMartino Romantic Jazz Trio Magical Mystery Venus 2007 Strayhornmonk Strayhornmonk Unit Records 2007

The music of Thelonious Monk has long fascinated jazz musicians for its many challenges, including lines that are simultaneously dissonant yet accessible, plus the sudden changes thrust upon them. Pianist John Di Martino's Romantic Jazz Trio has a conventional looking lineup, while the band Strayhornmonk is a pianoless group featuring two alto saxophonists sharing the lead. Both units find ...

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Jazz Pianists: Russ Kassoff, John di Martino & Matt Savage

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The trio setting leaves no place for a pianist to hide. A strong rhythm section may make up for a weak left hand, but unless the leader chooses an interesting program and carries his improvisational weight, all is for naught. These three pianists challenge listeners with their song selection and arrangements. Russ Kassoff Somewhere RHK Jazz 2006 Russ Kassoff has an extensive resumé backing singers (Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Sylvia Syms and Chris Connor) or accompanying instrumentalists (Red Norvo, Bucky & John Pizzarelli), leading big bands and writing ...

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John Di Martino: So In Love

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The versatile pianist John DiMartino has made a name for himself as a sideman in Latin jazz bands and as an accompanist for vocalists, but has yet to be justly acknowledged for his abilities as the leader of a straight-ahead instrumental jazz group. On his second “Romantic Jazz Trio" date for the Japanese Venus label, Di Martino overcomes the limitations of a “sentimental" program directive and proves that he is certainly a “talent deserving wider recognition."

Schooled in harmony with Lennie Tristano and Don Sebesky, the pianist has assembled original arrangements for the trio, featuring Ira Coleman on bass and ...



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