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Mel Martin

Mel Martin is a composer, arranger, bandleader, saxophone and flute player - one of the most versatile and creative musicians to ever emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area. In his long career, he’s played a part in many of the innovative movements that have come out of that creative community. He sat in with Wes Montgomery and his brothers while he was still a teenager, played in John Handy’s Freedom Band in 1962, worked and recorded with many of the progressive rock and Latin rock bands of the late 60s and early 70s including The Loading Zone, Cold Blood, Azteca and Boz Scaggs. He founded the award winning Listen, one of the early West Coast jazz-fusion bands in 1976

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The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven

Read "The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven" reviewed by Arthur R George

Heaven for some is a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield. For Pete Douglas, it was a house on a beach with a jazz club in his living room, a would-be heaven also for anyone who dropped in. Douglas passed on, in 2014 at age 85, sitting at his desk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Mel Martin and His Tenor Conclave: Piermont, NY, September 14, 2012

Read "Mel Martin and His Tenor Conclave: Piermont, NY, September 14, 2012" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Mel Martin and his Tenor ConclaveThe Turning Point CafePiermont, NYSeptember 14, 2012 Before the first note sounded in a seventy-five minute set by Mel Martin and his Tenor Conclave, there was a false start of sorts. Most of the band was assembled and ready to hit when they were asked ...

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Hub-Trane..The Mel Martin All-Star Big Band at Yoshi's (Oakland) 10/5/2010

Featuring the music of Mel Martin
Duration: 11:50

The Mel Martin All-Star Big Band @ Yoshi's Oakland 10/5/10 "Hub-Trane" Composed and arranged by Mel Martin Influenced by John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard and Bartok's 5th String Quartet Mel Martin - soprano saxophone Tim Devine -- alto Pete Yellin -- alto & flute Charlie McCarthy -- tenor Rob Roth --Tenor Howard Cespedes - baritone Rick Walsh -- trombone Al Bent - trombone Joel Behrman - Trombone Chuck Bennett - Bass trombone Louis Fasman - trumpet John Worley -- trumpet Mike Olmos - trumpet Erik Jekabson -- trumpet Arthur Khu - piano Robb Fisher -- bass Jeff Marrs - drums
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What Makes Saxophone Stalwart Mel Martin Tick?

What Makes Saxophone Stalwart Mel Martin Tick?

Playing alongside giants such as Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Boz Scaggs, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, and B.B. King, Mel Martin has cut his teeth in the company of some of the jazz history's finest. With his outings as both a leader and solo artist, Martin has collected honors such as ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

These Are a Few of My Favorite....Charts

Read "These Are a Few of My Favorite....Charts" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whenever the topic of desert islands arises among jazz fans, the focus is invariably on which albums (discs) one would choose to cram into a suitcase if one were ever stranded on an otherwise barren island. While the consideration of particular arrangements seldom governs the debate, I really think it should. After all, few albums, however ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Mel Martin Sextet at the Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay, CA

Read "Mel Martin Sextet at the Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay, CA" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Mel Martin Sextet Douglas Beach House Half Moon Bay, CaliforniaAugust 16, 2009 Mel Martin and his sextet stepped into a “new" Douglas Beach House Sunday afternoon, August 16 and presented the first acoustic jazz concert to be held there in decades. During the previous week, owner and impresario Pete ...

Jason Hainsworth Big Band / DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Big Band Ritmo Sinfonica Citta di Verona / Howard University Jazz Ensemble

Read "Jason Hainsworth Big Band / DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Big Band Ritmo Sinfonica Citta di Verona / Howard University Jazz Ensemble" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Jason Hainsworth Jazz Orchestra Kaleidoscope DW Jazz 2009 On his first turn at bat, composer / arranger / tenor saxophonist Jason Hainsworth has not only slammed one out of the park with Kaleidoscope but has produced a viable entrant in the big-band Record of the Year sweepstakes. The ...

Just Friends

Label: Jazzed Media
Released: 2007
Track listing: Perdido; People Time; Secret Love; Spritely; Elegy in Blue; Just Friends.


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