Watch Rebecca Martin and her group ‘Tillery’ that features Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens perform live with their recent performance on ‘The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca” in New York City, and aired on NPR.
Sunday, September 18th – Live at the Falcon, Marlboro, NY. Showtime 7:30pm.
Back in the late 90’s, “The Independence Project” was a platform created by Rebecca Martin who had recently exited her group ‘Once Blue’, a band that she co-led with songwriter Jesse Harris. “I wanted to organize something that would bring together others to help develop their music and sound by way of live performance” says Martin. By creating several groups of three musicians, each would share their resources with one another while touring one region of the Country at a time. The goal was to build in a new region each year until the group was touring for up to half the year. “It was a great opportunity for all of us to perform more often in and out of New York City during our down time”. A little over ten years later, Rebecca reunites members for an unforgettable evening of songs and stories with renowned singer/songwriters Amy Correia, Jim Allen, Frank Tedesso, Timothy Hill, Jane Kelly Williams, Jen Clapp and Alice Biershorst.
Rebecca Martin was nominated best female Jazz singer of the year by the Jazz Journalist Association. She shares the honor with singers Cassandra Wilson, Gretchen Parlato, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Roberta Gambarini. To see the complete list, click on this LINK.
A great review of Rebecca’s recent concert at the University of Maine at Augusta. Click on the photo for full text.
March 9th was a homecoming of sorts for Rebecca Martin. As the acclaimed vocalist and Maine native recalled that night, the last time she performed at the University of Maine Augusta she was a student there, singing Blue Monk with her vocal ensemble. Some two decades — and a professional singing career, performances at the Vanguard and Carnegie Hall, collaborations with a litany of jazz greats, several albums, etc. — later, she returned to Maine to give a free masterclass and concert (thanks to UMA) at her alma matter, with husband Larry Grenadier on the bass and his brother Phil on trumpet. (She also played our local TV program “207″ on the 8th, and a benefit concert for the Hope Association in her hometown of Rumford on the 10th.) The group — which, as Martin delightedly pointed out, was a family band — played about a dozen or more tunes, a wide spectrum of originals and standards that stretched from as far back as her days with Once Blue all the way to unrecorded originals….(click on image for the entire review)
Last year, I had the privilege to begin a song writing program at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. I’m happy to continue the program in 2011 which also happens to be the SJW’s 40th Anniversary. The Songwriting Program will take place on July 31st – August 5th.
To help celebrate, I’ve invited my good friends Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens to be guests for the week.
There is only room for 12-14 students, so sign up now.
It also appears as though Gretchen, Becca and I will be performing a concert at Stanford University opening for the wonderful pianist Taylor Eigsti. Dates TBA.
Below is the tentative schedule. It’s going to be a special week.
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Read this recent music review of Rebecca Martin by Nate Chinen in the New York Times. Here is an excerpt:
“As jazz singers go, Rebecca Martin exudes the plainest sort of poise, almost radical in its utter lack of flash. When she wasn’t cradling an acoustic guitar on Thursday night at the Cornelia Street Café, she held her arms clasped behind her back, as if to make sure they wouldn’t be a distraction. She sang quietly, favoring slow tempos.
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