This is gritty, driving music from a high-octane performer who has been
delivering the goods for many years.
Ted Goia - Jazz.com
Never content to rest on his laurels, Mel brings a wide variety of jazz stylings
to this release.
Jeff Krow - Audiophile Audition
While this CD resists easy classification, it is among the most compelling
recordings that Mel Martin has made during his entire career. - Ken Dryden,
Martin’s a master of phrasing and a meticulous melody maker.
George Fendel - Jazz Society of Oregon
I am most impressed with Mel Martin's musicianship.
Mr. Martin displays a dazzling technique and an awesome command of jazz
harmony. His approach to
playing is unique. He doesn't sound like anyone else
Blistering bebop chops...his tenor speaks in romantic, sculptured
phrases..upbeat, naturally fluent
Owen Cordle - Jazz Times Magazine
Martin is a solid workmanlike, improviser with a facile technique, a firm
rhythmic feel, and a vivid
Don Heckman - Los Angeles Times
An amazing tenor and soprano saxophone player, sophisticated with a fresh
point of view.
The Mel Martin Band was exciting, rewarding and more.
Phil Elwood - San Francisco Examiner
The Whirlwind with the woodwinds
San Francisco Chronicle
Mel Martin's interpretation of his own tune 'Longhorn' was a wailing, logically
constructed chain of
phrases. His arrangements were clean and straight forward.
Martin's ballad work shows a remarkable feeling for styles associated with a
couple of generations
before he was born...his sound is as inherently attractive as anyone I can
think of .
Phil Elwood - San Francisco Examiner
Mel Martin is one of the few reedmen who has really developed a big, pure,
shimmering flute tone and
his breathtaking work soars majestically.
Jesse Hamlin - San Francisco Chronicle
A great Teacher
A hidden treasure - invaluable.
Jeff Kaliss - San Francisco Chronicle
You really play your ass off!
“I grew up in the neighborhood and went to school with Benny’s daughter. As
to Benny - I wish I could
be as great as Benny Carter.”
Sonny Rollins - 2007
“It is obvious on this great recording that Mel Martin was finely mentored by
Benny Carter, my number
one saxophone hero, due to the clear Carter influence on Mel’s playing. His
flute playing is also quite
good on People Time.” Jimmy Heath - 2007
Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Location: Novato, CA
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
I have had a longstanding commitment to education. I believe that part of a
musician's function is to
pass along their standards, knowledge and tradition to others. Teaching
allows the musician to
continue their own learning process. I have taught privately for many years
and continue to do so. I
have also taught in colleges and have done numerous clinics and Jazz
Workshops throughout the
United States. I have honed my private teaching methods to two separate but
parallel areas. I
emphasize development of tonal and technical studies while simultaneously
emphasizing application of
these techniques to musical situations. My belief is you cannot have one
without the other. My
educational background includes thorough musical training at Sacramento
High School with
bandmaster Aubrey Penman, private studies with saxophonist Bud Harphum
of Sacramento and a few
profound lessons with Lee Konitz. I attended San Francisco State University
where I studied flute with
Herb Benkman and Paul Renzi and composition with Albert Socco. The rest of
my jazz studies took
place on the streets of San Francisco during the early 'sixties.
Mel Martin’s extensive educational experience includes professor of jazz
saxophone at San Jose and Sonoma State Universities, twelve consecutive
years on the staff of The Stanford Jazz Workshop and conducting many
workshops and clinics at schools throughout the U.S. In addition, he
maintains a large roster of private students. He also conducts an ongoing
Advanced Jazz Workshop at his studio and in select Novato schools. His visits
to schools include improvisation workshops, rehearsal, private instruction,
tonal studies, and combo and big band performances and concerts. Original
arrangements by Mel Martin , Benny Carter, Jimmy Heath and others for both
big band and small groups may be requested in advance.
Mel Martin is available for Concerts, Artist in Residencies, Jazz Workshops,
Seminars and Clinics and is a Rico Reeds (J. D’Addario Corporation)
Yangisawa Saxophone (Conn-Selmer, Inc.) clinician.
Mel Martin endoreses YanagisawaSaxophones and Leblanc clarinets (Dist. by
Conn-Selmer), Rico Reeds (D'Addario Corp.) and Ponzol Mouthpieces
exclusively. He plays both W.S. Haynes and Sankyo Prima flutes.