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Monday Evening, June 5, 2017 - The MEL MARTIN Band 75th B'day Bash!

A return engagement to the newly developed Sac Jazz Coop headed by Carolyne Swayze.
A native Sacramento son, Mel appears at the CLARA Auditorium on June 5, 2017 to celebrtrate his 75th Birthday, (actual birthday is June 7th) with his all star quintet featuring: Mel Martin on Sax and flute, Keith Saunders on piano, Robb Fisher on bass, Jeff Marrs on drums and Brad Buethe on guitar..

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
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E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts
2420 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Sunday Afternoon, June 18, 2017 (Father's Day) - The Mel Martin All Star Big Band Featuring vocalist Tiffany Austin at the Filoli Gardens. 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062

Come celebrate Father's Day and my 75th B'day concert!

Big Band

“The Mel Martin Big Band was exciting, rewarding, and more.”
Philip Elwood - San Francisco Chronicle

The Bay Area has always been a hotbed of jazz talent. Many of its brightest stars have moved on to the greener pastures of New York and beyond. Saxophonist/composer/arranger Mel Martin has chosen to maintain his permanent residence in the green pastures of Marin County. Mel still travels quite a bit doing performances and educational clinics world-wide but has made a commitment to forming a swinging, “in-your-face”, volatile big band. The roots of the band began in the early ‘nineties when Mel Martin was contacted by such jazz greats as Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Charles Mingus’ Epitaph and Joe Henderson to help them put together high-level big bands for Bay Area performances at venues such as Davies Symphony Hall, Kimball’s, Filoli Gardens, Yoshi’s and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. These experiences were the seeds of what has become a truly all-star ensemble. The band has performed sold-out engagements at The Russian River Jazz Festival, The Filoli Summer Series, Jazz at Pearl’s and Yoshi’s.

Mel Martin is widely known as the artistic director and driving force of the group Bebop and Beyond, The Tenor Conclave and The Mel Martin Band. He has lent his extraordinary woodwind talents to many recordings and performances by artists such as Benny Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, The Count Basie orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Mingus Epitaph, Kenny Barron, Mongo Santamaria, Santana, Freddie Cole, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, Louie Bellson, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and many, many more. Mel Martin is a recipient of several National Endowment for the Arts Awards including jazz composition, jazz fellowship, recording and jazz ensemble categories. Hearing Mel Martin performing his own powerhouse compositions in the big band setting is a riveting and fiery listening experience not to be missed!

The repertoire of The Mel Martin All-Star Big Band consists of new arrangements of many standards in addition to music by Count Basie, Benny Carter, Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, Gerry Mulligan and Oliver Nelson favorites and new arrangements of Mel Martin’s original compositions. The emphasis is on Swing and fire as in “it don’t mean a thing” (if it ain’t got it!)


Vocalist Tiffany Austin’s tradition-rooted yet totally modern style has established her as one of the fastest rising jazz stars in Northern California. Before earning a law degree at U.C. Berkeley, she’d performed on three continents—around her native Los Angeles while attending college, then for a year in England, and eventually for five and a half years in Tokyo. However, instead of taking the bar exam, she decided instead to devote her life to her first love—music.

Austin’s music and voice draw upon influences such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin, yet she also infuses songs with her own signature style that is precise, intelligent, and soulful. In fact, her arrangements vary from classic swing to contemporary R&B à la Robert Glasper or Jose James. Her emotional and nuanced delivery has caught the attention of eminent artists, whom she has joined onstage: vibraphonist Roy Ayers at Motion Blue (Japan), drummer Tommy Campbell at the Blue Note (NYC), and saxophonist John Handy for a three-night engagement at Dizzy’s (NYC) commemorating his 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival performance.


Mel Martin is currently booking concerts, clinics, masterclasses and residencies for Spring & Fall 2017

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Mel Martin's Masterclasses, clinics and residencies have long been a mainstay of educational institutions throughout the US. His real world approach and honest communicative skills have proven to immediately effect the thinking and direction of students. As a performer, he brings a wealth of experience with many Jazz and popular artists along with Big Band arrangements of his own originals and those of Benny Carter, Jimmy Heath, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard and others.

Mel Martin is currently accepting students for private study either live or via SKYPE.

SKYPE lessons are proving to be a solid and user-friendly way to teach students anywhere in the world. I have been able to help a number of players along w/ the use of e-mailing .pdf files of special exercises. Please contact me directly at for rates and info.

Pricing for private lessons, SKYPE or live.

Weekly one hour lesson - $75
A regular tutoring and coaching course for medium to advanced players.

2.5 hr. consultation - $250
A comprehensive one time consultation that will cover everything from gear to sound production and style.


New Video of Mel Martin and The Benny Carter Tribute Band @ JEN  
Produced by Bret Primack (The Jazz Video Guy)



Three Exciting Dates of Electrifying Music for You

July 7th 2017 – KUUMBWA JAZZ CENTER  7:pm 

Santa Cruz,CA.



July 8th 2017 – PIER 23 on the EMBARCADERO -7:pm            San Francisco, CA.

The action gets started with legendary artists performing

Charles McPherson..Gary Bartz.. Azar Lawrence.. Eddie Henderson.. Mel Martin.. Ray Drummond.. Kenneth Nash.. Benito Gonzalez.. Juini Booth, Denny  Zeitlin & quite a few Surprises.


Since 1975, Barkan has produced more than 1000 award-winning recordings for American,Japanese and European record companies by artists such as Art Blakey,Bill Evans, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jimmy Smith, McCoy Tyner, GroverWashington, Jr., Gloria Lynne,Hank Jones, Roy Haynes, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, Bill Charlap, FreddyCole, Chico O’Farrill, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Kenny Barron,Jeff Watts, Red Garland, Lou Donaldson, Cedar Walton, Eddie Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band, Ravi Coltrane, Bud Shank, Jimmy Scott, Kenny Kirkland, Bobby Hutcherson, Dexter Gordon, Tete Montoliu, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Golson, Eric Alexander, Mose Allison, Renee Rosnes, Joe Locke, Eddie Henderson, John Hicks, Paul Bley, Mongo Santamaria, Barry Harris, Manny Oquendoy Libre, Lewis Nash,Shelly Manne and Steve Kuhn.



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