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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. He’s currently artistic director of Bebop and Beyond, a group he founded in 1983, as well as leading the Mel Martin Quartet, The Tenor Conclave, the Mel Martin Big Band and the Benny Carter All Star Tribute Band.

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”This is gritty, driving music from a high-octane performer who has been delivering the goods for many years.” Ted Goia -

“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, Billboard

“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.” Benny Carter


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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.

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