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John di Martino

Noted for his versatility, John has performed and recorded with such notables as Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Joe Lovano, David “Fathead” Newman, Pat Martino and Paquito D'Rivera.

Mr. di Martino is a sought after musical director and has accompanied Jon Hendricks, Sylvia Symms,Diane Schurr and the late Billy Eckstine. John’s talents as arranger and pianist can be heard on recordings with Freddy Cole, Gloria Lynn and Grady Tate.

John was a long time member of the late Ray Barretto’s “New World Spirit”, he is a featured pianist and arranger on several recordings including the grammy nominated CD “Contact”.

Mr. di Martino enjoyed a long association with percussionist/ musicologist Bobby Sanabria. Their joint efforts include the grammy nominated CD “Live And In Clave”.

John was born in Philadelphia in 1959. Since his student days with Lennie Tristano and Don Sebesky, John has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Peoples Republic of China.

John di Martino has been described by Paul Pines as a musical “shape shifter”, inhabiting three different worlds. As a straight ahead jazz pianist, he has performed and recorded with such notables as Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, James Moody and Eddie Gomez. Mr. di Martino is a sought after musical director and has accompanied Jon Hendricks, Diane Schuur and the late Billy Eckstine.

He is active as on the world beat scene working with Paquito D'Rivera, South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo and Giovanni Hidalgo. John's talent as an arranger and keyboardist can be heard on the new release from Grady Tate “All Love” on the Sony label. Mr. di Martino continues to enjoy a long association with percussionist/musicologist Bobby Sanabria. Their joint efforts include the Grammy nominated CD, “Live And In Clave” on the Arabesque label, three instructional videos on Warner Bros. and numerous educational clinics and seminars. John is a long time member of Ray Barretto's “New World Spirit”, he is featured pianist/arranger on several recordings including the Grammy nominated CD “Contact”. Mr. di Martino has also recorded with Freddie Cole and legendary percussionist Patato Valdez. John is featured in the March/April 2001 issue of Piano Keyboard Magazine.

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”...one of the jazz scene's finest, a pianist who is just as comfortable with bop as he is with Afro-Cuban rhythms and salsa...” —K. Leander Williams, Time Out New York

“...one of the most musically honest young musicians I know. John di Martino's middle name should be 'taste', for he conveys that quality whether he is in a solo or a supportive role, both in Jazz and Latin music.” —Ray Barretto

“John di Martino is fast emerging as one of the major pianist-musical directors around town” —Will Friedwald

“John di Martino is a melodic and harmonic magician who birings a large helping of unique wonderfulness to a musical journey” —Todd Barkan

Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Newark

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

John is now a faculty member of the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts and the Brooklyn Conservatory where he is conducting workshops.

For information about the Harbor Conservatory call (212) 427-2244 (Ramon at ext. 572 or Soyla at ext. 555).

John is also accepting private students in jazz piano, theory and harmony.

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John di Martino
Birdland Theater
New York, NY

Discography

 

Chopin Jazz

Challenge Jazz
2012

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Magical Mystery

Magical Mystery

Venus Records
2009

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So In Love

So In Love

Venus Records
2005

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