Rebecca Martin’s latest recording TWAIN, a collaboration with longtime partner bassist Larry Grenadier and produced by Pete Rende was catapulted to the #1 spot in Jazz in France on iTunes and Amazon. Revered music critic MICHEL CONTAT who writes for Telerama France, one of the largest publications in the country, gives the album four stars:
“TWAIN: The miraculous alchemy between a singer and bass player”
Rebecca Martin and Larry Grenadier are a couple who play together and separately, as he is also known for his key role as bassist in the famous Brad Mehldau Trio. We were introduced to them together through their enchanting disc When I Was Long Ago” (2010 Sunnyside), where the famous singer totally reinterpreted standards with a spell singing verses rarely included in the reference versions. This time, the deputy is a pianist and a drummer, and the very discreet duo assert a familiar song (“Sophisticated Lady”) with others that are all original that sound old and with a unique intimate beauty. We cannot overstate the importance of sincerity, as with Rebecca Martin, it is built entirely in art. Her voice is that of the love and confidence of maternal comfort. How the bass lines support is love itself. Such a disk is something miraculous in the avalanche of vocal jazz. – Michel Contat
Earlier this year, NATE CHINEN of the New York Times featured Martin in a full page Arts & Leisure piece titled “A Voice That Leaps Between Genres” proclaiming her work as an inspiration to a generation of jazz singers.
“Ms. Martin is a vocalist with an earnest and unaffected style and a songwriter of unforced insight…the new album also highlights a shift toward original material and folky ambience by a generation of singers, some of whom see Ms. Martin as a touchstone.” – Nate Chinen
Her sensitivity through singing, songs and a long standing commitment to community organizing landed her a spot as featured artist on Art of the Song, the public radio program heard nationwide over 150 stations. This hour long program celebrates the creativity of musicians who they believe are a ‘profound agent for community and for change.’ Listen here.
Fans on the West Coast in August will have the opportunity to hear Martin and Grenadier who will both be teaching in SAN FRANCISCO, CA at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and performing in LOS ANGELES, CA at THE BLUE WHALE located at 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street Suite 301 LA, CA on Saturday, August 10th. Doors at 8:00pm with a showtime at 9:00pm. Tickets are $15. Visit www.bluewhalemusic.com for more information.
TILLERY, a collaboration between Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens is pleased to announce two unique study opportunities, a mix of masterclasses and workshops being offered this year on the West coast. They are open to all musicians and creatives no matter your instrument. Please have a look below and write to Rebecca Martin at email@example.com with any questions.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Sunday, September 22th, 2013 (Workshop)
TILLERY is pleased to visit the Jazzschool in San Francisco this fall! The Jazzschool is an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and performance of jazz — America’s indigenous art form —and related styles of music from around the world. Founded in 1997, the Jazzschool is located in the historic Kress Building at Shattuck and Addison, in the heart of the Downtown Berkeley Arts District. The Jazzschool is part of a vibrant East Bay arts community that includes the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre, East Bay Media Center and renowned Cal Performances at the University of California. Hailed as one of the nation’s most comprehensive centers for jazz studies, the Jazzschool offers instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and skill levels a broad spectrum of performance ensembles, lectures, workshops and private instruction. Courses are designed for the professional musician, the serious student and the jazz aficionado seeking personal enrichment. A multi-faceted institution, the Jazzschool comprises several key components.
The Jazzschool hosts a full day Workshop with Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens of TILLERY
2087 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA. 94704
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
10:00am – 4:30pm
$150 per participant
For more information, contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510/845-5373
LOS ANGELES, CA: Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 (Masterclass)
We are really excited to partner up with Gretchen’s sister Heather Parlato and the space that she helps to program called ‘Betalevel’. This hip ‘rough and tumble’ venue is described as ‘part studio, part club, part stage, and part screen; Betalevel is located in a basement in Chinatown, Los Angeles, and plays host to various media events such as screenings, performances, classes, lectures, debates, dances, readings, and tournaments. Its members are artists, programmers, writers, musicians, designers, agit-propers, filmmakers, and reverse-engineers.’
It’s best to locate the space by clicking on the link to ‘directions’ below – as the door is somewhat hidden behind Hill Street. Don’t worry. We’ll give you a number to call after you register just in case (“Don’t worry, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” I’ve always wanted to use that somewhere) – so join us for an evening masterclass session!
“The Methods, Process and Practice in Singing and Songwriting“ A masterclass with Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens of TILLERY – “The Methods, process and practice in Singing and Songwriting” will take participants on a journey through the musical paths and varied songwriting methods of Tillery’s Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens. This revealing workshop will enlighten and inspire through a range of topics that include early musical experiences, writers block, breakthroughs, connecting your creative work to your daily life and finding your true voice. During the session, participants will be led through several unique songwriting processes with hands on writing and composing exercises done individually and in collective groups. Guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing!
“The Methods, Process and Practice in Singing and Songwriting” Workshop with Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens of TILLERY
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
6:00pm – 9:00pm
$90 per participant
The workshop is open to all participants 16 or older. All levels welcome.
Be on the look out for an email from us shortly after you register.
KINGSTON, N.Y. — A New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure piece written by Nate Chinen was published this weekend on Rebecca Martin and her upcoming release TWAIN on Sunnyside Records (available nationwide on Tuesday, March 26th). “Ms. Martin is a vocalist with an earnest and unaffected style and a songwriter of unforced insight; Mr. Grenadier, her husband, is in the top tier of jazz bassists. Together they made Ms. Martin’s new album, “Twain,” due out on Sunnyside on Tuesday, in cloistered intimacy, recording a dozen of her songs with no initial accompaniment other than upright bass (his) and fingerpicked acoustic guitar (hers).”
“… the new album also highlights a shift toward original material and folky ambiance by a generation of jazz singers, some of whom see Ms. Martin as a touchstone. Among them are Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, with whom Ms. Martin formed a collective called Tillery two years ago, after they struck an instant chemistry late one evening around her dinner table. “She’s been a great guide and mentor and sister in my songwriting,” said Ms. Parlato, who won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2004 but hadn’t written her own songs before befriending Ms. Martin.”
“…And, perhaps most of all, Ms. Martin’s songs, which have long dwelled in implication, creating a vivid emotional climate without divulging many details. One reason younger songwriters admire Ms. Martin may be that she writes from a place of genuine interiority; another is that her melodies and her lyrics feel so naturally enmeshed.”
Singer and Songwriter Rebecca Martin Discusses the Lyrics on TWAIN, Community and Collaborations.
Along with release of TWAIN on March 26, Martin looks ahead to performing with her trio TILLERY that features GRETCHEN PARLATO and BECCA STEVENS at the Kennedy Center for the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival In May
Kingston, NY – “I get all of my material for and emotional connection to the songs I write or interpret these days from hands on experiences,” says the singer and songwriter Rebecca Martin reflecting on the songs from TWAIN (Sunnyside Records). “I’ve become so active in our community that my life as an avid reader has transformed itself into one of an avid doer.”
A state of Maine native, Martin moved to New York City to pursue her musical endeavors. Throughout the 90’s, Martin co-led the influential duo Once Blue (EMI Records) with Jesse Harris. After a handful of critically acclaimed solo recordings Martin migrated North to the Hudson Valley with husband and collaborator Larry Grenadier and had a son. From that point on, in tandem with making music, she found a new way of using her organizational skills in community work. There, she tirelessly advocated for transparency and better communication between the people and government. This work eventually landed her a position as Executive Director of an Urban Land Trust in the area, where under her leadership the organization was sited as a national model for urban land trusts by the Land Trust Alliance. Known for her “dizzying array of local initiatives“, Martin and many volunteers created programs and committees for rail trails, urban agriculture, African-American cemetery preservation projects and more. “Having a child and being so far from family motivated me to get as involved as I have.” says Rebecca. “It has been an eye opening experience to say the least, and has certainly informed my music.”
Yesterday I saw it coming on.
There was little that the peasant could do.
Into their hearts fully open and aligned
for the daggers and arrows that flew.
Just beyond the hillside
back where the curtain calls to us
There the music reminds me
that the whole world is waiting to find us”
From “Beyond the Hillside” by Rebecca Martin
“There are two distinct story lines running through this particular piece, the ‘bearing witness’ to the many unpleasantries out in the field and the hopefulness in the music. It’s a very bittersweet song.”
Martin credits her friendship with GRETCHEN PARLATO and BECCA STEVENS as being her ‘touchstone to the music’ during the recent phase in her life of work, family and community. The inspiration she drew from their communion resulted in the formation of the super group TILLERY, a trio that they share. The three kindred spirits’ seamless rapport has been wowing audiences since they joined forces in 2010. These days, the threesome work together when schedules permit, including a prestigious performance at the KENNEDY CENTER in Washington, D.C. as part of the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival on May 17th, 2013.
To help Martin celebrate her new release TWAIN, Parlato and Stevens will join her on stage for a song at the Rockwood Music Hall, stage 2 located at 196 Allen Street, NY on Thursday, March 28th in New York City. Tickets for the event are $15 and can be purchased online by visiting ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL.
“The songs are all hers this time, and nearly every one carries a chilling mule-kick…Those of the more popular singer turn love into a pleasant abstraction. Ms. Martin’s have more depth, darkness and traction; they deal with emotion closer to the complicated way it actually occurs.” – BEN RATLIFF The New York Times
Rebecca Martin’s music and lyrics as sheet music are now available on this site.
Songs include: ‘Don’t Mean a Thing At All’ and ‘Some Other Place, Some Other Time’ from TWAIN and ‘The Space in a Song to Think’, ‘Just a Boy’, ‘A Million Miles’, ‘After Midnight’, ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Make the Days Run Fast’ from THE GROWING SEASON.
“Dear Educators and Students,
On behalf of National Public Radio, I’d like to invite you to see Chris Potter with his quintet on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 at 9PM. He’ll be featured LIVE on our website performing from the historic Village Vanguard in New York City with pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Eric Harland, and guitarist Adam Cruz. The week also marks the CD release of The Sirens (ECM), Potter’s new song cycle without words inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey.
It’s FREE. Anyone, anywhere with an internet connection can tune in. Streaming audio and HD video. No login required. Just go to this address next Wednesday, the webpage for our monthly series. It will go live shortly before 9PM:
The singer and songwriter Rebecca Martin has graciously offered to co-moderate the discussion in our webchat forum during the performance. I’m sure she’ll have many insightful things to say and this particular project – as songs without words – will no doubt spark some interesting reflections. Aside from going to the Vanguard in person, there’s no better way to educate yourself in the tradition. Jazz is meant to be heard live – even virtually – but if you miss it, the archived audio will be available within 24 hours.
Happy listening. Hope to see you online!
Consultant, NPR MusicContributor,
NPR Arts Desk
Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University, Spring 2011, 2012 Ph.D.
Ethnomusicology, Harvard University, 2005″
ABOUT THIS SERIES: One of the world’s preeminent jazz venues, the Village Vanguard has regularly presented jazz’s greatest musicians since 1957. Renowned for its rich history and great acoustics, over 100 commercial albums have been recorded within the triangle-shaped basement room in New York’s Greenwich Village. Live At The Village Vanguard is a collaboration between WBGO and NPR Music presenting live broadcasts from the legendary club, both on air and streaming online. WBGO’s Josh Jackson hosts all the concerts; you can join the discussion in a chat room and watch a live video feed. After each show is over, NPR Music will host the archived recordings of all the concerts at this page.
NPR Chooses Jazz Singer and Songwriter Rebecca Martin’s Upcoming Release TWAIN as “One to Look Out For in 2013”. Record Release and a live recording scheduled at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City in March.
In anticipation of the jazz singer and songwriter Rebecca Martin’s upcoming release on Sunnyside Records, NPR’s Patrick Jarenwattananon includes TWAIN as one of 15 buzzed about jazz/ish albums to look out for in 2013.
“The vocalist Rebecca Martin’s last album was a collection of standards, recorded only with a saxophonist (Bill McHenry) and a bass player, Larry Grenadier. Think of TWAIN as a sequel of sorts: It’s a program of mostly originals, backed only by Grenadier, who is also her husband. As a singer, she has a sense of nuance that fits a spare setting well; as a songwriter, she’s already put out several albums of her own tunes.”
Rebecca Martin will be accompanied by bassist Larry Grenadier at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall room 2 on Thursday, March 28th, two days after the records release. They will perform one set of original compositions and standards. The performance will also be recorded by Pete Rende in preparation for a live recording. Tickets are $15.00. The Rockwood Music Hall (stage 2) is located at 196 Allen Street, NYC 10002. Tickets can be purchased online at the ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL. For more information, call 212/477-4155.
A highly accomplished husband and wife team, Grenadier and Martin earn continual accolades for their live performances. Renowned critic Alain Burnet of Montreal’s La Presse wrote “In the circles of Jazz in New York…[Martin’s] approval rating has risen steadily over recent years, and for good reason. In Montreal, she still remains a secret….I will not keep it to myself: count me in!”