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 - 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.
Willing to teach
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.