NEW YORK TIMES: As jazz singers go, Rebecca Martin exudes the plainest sort of poise, almost radical in its utter lack of flash. She appears here in the sparsest but most companionable of settings: backed only by her husband, the fine bassist Larry Grenadier. They’re playing a residency, one night a month through next month, and drawing from a forthcoming album on Sunnyside, “Twain.” At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village, (212) 242-1063,jazzgallery.org; $20 cover, $10 for members. (Chinen)
On October 16th, the two will be joined by Pete Rende (Piano) and Jorge Rossy (Drums).
Singer Rebecca Martin and bassist Larry Grenadier continue their monthly residency at New York City’s Jazz Gallery through November 2012. The duo, whose recently recorded album Twain will be released in January 2013 on Sunnyside, will perform at the Gallery on September 7, October 16, and November 6. They will perform two sets of original compositions and standards on each of the remaining three nights of the residency, at 9:00 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20.00. The Jazz Gallery is located at 290 Hudson Street (at Spring Street). Tickets can be purchased online at http://jazzgallery.org. For more information, call (212)243-1063.
On Martin and Grenadier’s performance last month at the Jazz Gallery, THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD reports: “One of the most distinctively original voices in music today, Rebecca Martin transcends the boundaries between jazz vocalist and singer/songwriter in her performances…(Martin) marked herself as a modern-day troubadour, a musical storyteller possessed of a daring willingness to bare her soul in the telling of tales fraught with both personal and universal meaning. Alternately exuding bold confidence and delicate fragility in tone…”
Singer Rebecca Martin and bassist Larry Grenadier have confirmed a monthly residency at New York City’s Jazz Gallery from August through November 2012. The duo, whose recently recorded album Twain will be released in January 2013 on Sunnyside, will perform at the Gallery on August 3, September 7, October 16, and November 6. They will perform two sets of original compositions and standards on each of the four nights of the residency, at 9:00 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20.00. The Jazz Gallery is located at 290 Hudson Street (at Spring Street). Tickets can be purchased online at http://jazzgallery.org. For more information, call (212)243-1063.
A highly accomplished husband and wife team, Grenadier and Martin earned accolades for their recent performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival in July. 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!”
The Montreal Gazette’s Juan Rodriguez praised the duo as a “jewel of wife-and-husband intimacy.”
Writing in the New York Times, critic Nate Chinen recently observed that “As jazz singers go, Rebecca Martin exudes the plainest sort of poise, almost radical in its utter lack of flash.” He continued “She was unerringly faithful to the melodies of the songs, both standards and originals, but at her best she made them seem less like songs that like articulations of her state of mind.”
In his review of Martin’s 2010 When I Was Long Ago NPR Music’s Patrick Jarrenwattananon wrote “And when she gets it right – which she does pretty frequently – it’s exquisite.”
Alex Dutilh of Radio France had this to say about Rebecca and Larry’s performance in Montreal:
“The pleasure of creative festivals: find what is expected where not expected, and vice versa. For example on Tuesday evening July 3, after an exuberant James Carter and his organ quartet at Club Soda, I was spinning away from the Place des Arts to get to the Upstairs, to one of the warmest jazz clubs on the planet. The day before, the organist Dr. Lonnie Smith Jr. had set fire to the venue. Today, luxury and pleasure.
They are husband and wife. The singer and guitarist Rebecca Martin, accompanied by Larry Grenadier on bass. An album on Sunnyside presented the trio with sax Bill McHenry. This time, the original songs and standards (which she prefers to call ‘elders’) are presented “naked”.
With her eyes half closed, a resonant voice and intimacy and confidence: Rebecca helps us to understand the backbone of the songs by giving then expressive dimension. Larry Grenadier, extends the guitar and hugs and rushes the voice of his companion. Total humility and elegance. However, this apparent simplicity is just a tremendous science. Inspiration without asperities, improvisation on a fragile thread of no return.
Joel, the owner of Upstairs beamed: 20 minutes walk from the heart of the festival, the club is filled to the brim with an incredibly friendly public silences and resonances. The club is in his image.”
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Rebecca Martin and Larry Grenadier’s intimate performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival received critics picks throughout along with this glowing concert review from one of Canada’s most revered music critic Alain Brunet – revealing what is to come in 2013.
“In the circles of Jazz in New York, the singer (Rebecca Martin) has had critical success. Her approval rating has risen steadily over recent years, and for good reason. In Montreal, however, she still remains a secret … I will not keep it to myself. Count me in!” Alain Brunet, La Presse – Canada
For more, follow this link: JAZZ FOR HUSBAND AND WIFE FOR THE BEST. A husband and wife may share the stage. Sometimes for the worse: lather the weak part of the couple on an artistic level. Sometimes for the better: two beings of equal value to extend their marital bond. For Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, Rebecca Martin and Larry Grenadier unquestionably fall into the second category.
TILLERY that features a collaboration between Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens has organized an entire weekend of Songwriting Workshops in New York City at The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th 2012 from 10:00am – 4:00pm on both days. With only 30 available slots, participants are encouraged to enroll early.
30 participants will have a chance to discuss different songwriting approaches, share songs and stories in an intimate setting with the three renowned and accomplished musicians.
After a successful week at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in California in 2011 (which was led by Martin, with support from Parlato and Stevens) Tillery was inspired to teach. “The three of us all share the same desire to connect with musicians in this intimate setting – with students who are dedicated to their craft,” says Rebecca Martin. “Sharing ourselves in this manner is a very natural part of what we all do.”
Becca Stevens agrees. “Writing, learning, and composing is only half of the joy of music for me. Sharing these gifts makes up the other half. I consider teaching to be the most direct and meaningful way that I can share music. Performing is blissful, but the impression that can be made though teaching, both for the teacher and the student, has the potential to be far deeper.”
“Songwriting is a gift,” says Gretchen Parlato. “It’s a gift to ourselves and to those who listen. In our workshop, we want to open up, explore and share the process with other songwriters in our workshop, connecting and learning from each other on all levels technical, spiritual, and emotional.”
The cost for the weekend is $425.00 for early enrollment (to March 31st) and $500.00 after April 1st. The Songwriting Workshop with TILLERY will include a comprehensive itinerary from 10:00am – 4:00pm on both Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th, 2012. A catered lunch is included. Students will enjoy a group setting with one on one attention and interaction with the instructors. A special room rate at a local hotel is available to students needing accommodations. At The Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street in New York City. To enroll, visit: THE JAZZ GALLERY.
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Rebecca Martin is heading back into the studio to make a new recording of originals (and a standard) with Larry Grenadier in March/April. A March 2013 release on the Sunnyside Label has been scheduled.
Rebecca Martin along with Becca Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, Tillery, Aaron Parks, Kate McGarry, Taylor Eigsti, Harish Raghavan, Larry Grenadier and others contributed to the newly released album “My Life is Bold” an Arts for Life Project.
A release date will be scheduled soon, and all proceeds from the CD will be donated to ‘Arts for Life’.
“Music is an integral part of the vital support services the Arts for Life team offers to young patients and families. Arts for Life Music Fellow Colin Allured describes his job as “growing happy cell” where cancer cells used to be. In 2009, Becca Stevens sang at an AFL fundraiser and she and her father, William Stevens, had the idea to set some of the children’s poetry to music for the event. The response to those two songs was so strong that discussions of a CD began, including Becca’s brother Bill who is a composer and recording studio engineer.
Producer William Stevens says, “We were overwhelmed by how many composers and musicians were willing to give so much time and creative energy to this project. But it didn’t stop there. The CD was made possible by the generosity of patrons, by free time provided by recording studios in North Carolina and New York, with the encouragement and support of the AFL staff and board, and most of all by the children in Arts for Life and their families who showed us the power of art to inspire, to change, and to heal.”
Arts for Life is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses. By providing educational art programs, they enrich patients’ lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive health care experiences for children and their families. Arts for Life helps children every day in four cities across North Carolina.
Michael’s Mind (Disaster, or Unknown)
Poem by Michael, Age 11. Music by Rebecca Martin
Performed by: Rebecca Martin
Child’s Voice: Charlie Grenadier
Acoustic Bass: Larry Grenadier
Background Vocals: Becca Stevens
50% Bionicles. 1% School. 25% Pizzas. 4% Video Games. 20% Whales, dolphins and marine life.
Michael’s mind, what goes on in there? Constant Parties? Nonsense and bionicles.
I have a big mind, and it is split into lots of sections. That what I feel like sometimes.
It’s gonna end up in chaos and headaches.
Sometimes the people partying in my head fight which causes headaches.
Lately they’ve been doing this really good.
Then they settle the agreement and order a pizza which goes down my throat into my stomach.
(Michael had struggled with a brain tumor and has since past).