TWAIN Catapults to #1 in Jazz in France. Martin Featured on Art of the Song Nationwide on Public Radio. West Coast Performance in August.


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 for more information.

 For further information or to request an interview or music, please contact Patrice Fehlen at September Gurl Music, 718.768.3859 or

Rebecca Martin’s Collaborative Group “TILLERY” with Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens Host Master Class Series in Boston, MA. in December, 2012.

Gretchen Parlato, Rebecca Martin and Becca Stevens of Tillery. Photo Credit: John Rogers.

Follow this LINK to sign-up for the Tillery Master Class Series in Boston, MA. 

TILLERY, a group that features a collaboration between Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, has organized an entire weekend of master classes in the financial district of Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd, 2012.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of four master classes that include topics such as songwriting, band leading, performance, and sharing songs or song ideas in an intimate setting with the three renowned and accomplished musicians.

Students will become inspired and meet new friends in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere.  Each master class is three hours in length and start at $150.00.

Sign-up for two or more to enjoy discounted classes. Students who apply for all four will receive a ticket to a private Tillery concert on Sunday, December 2nd at 8:00pm (limit one ticket per student).

For more information contact: or visit 

TILLERY Masterclass Series

TILLERY is Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens

Financial district, Boston, Massachuetts
* The location, hotel accommodations and directions will be sent to each paying student. All accommodations are not included *

Saturday, December 1st and Sunday December 2nd, 2012 


Sign-up for ONE 

Sign-up for any TWO
$275.00  (save $25)

Sign-up for any THREE
$375.00  (save $50)

Sign-up for all FOUR
$450.00  (save $75)
** Students who sign-up for all four master classes will also receive one ticket to a private “Tillery” performance on Saturday, December 1st! **


(1)   Saturday, December 1st, 2012: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Methods and process of songwriting.

“Methods and Process of 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 lecture with Q&A 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. 

(2)   Saturday, December 1st  3:00pm – 6:00pm
Methods in Practice.

 “Methods in Practice” guides participants 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!

(3)   Sunday, December 2nd  11:00am – 2:00pm
Who are you really? Presenting yourself and connecting to your audience on and off stage.

“Who are you really?  Presenting yourself and connecting to your audience on and off stage” is designed to help participants become more aware of how they are presenting themselves.  The group will discuss a range of topics that include performance, band leading, speaking on stage, social media, public image, healthy living and the impact an artist can make in their local communities.  

(4)    Sunday, December 2nd  3:00pm – 6:00pm
Sharing songs with discussion and feedback

A comfortable and nurturing setting to present finished or unfinished music, songs or poems.   Participants may simply share or request valuable feedback while soaking in the creative energy of others.  Build confidence and be inspired while connecting with new friends or potential musical partnerships.

 Follow this LINK to sign-up for the Tillery Master Class Series in Boston, MA.

Tillery Master Class POLICY

Your payment in full is refundable in the event of your cancellation from the program up until November 15th, 2012. Cancellation before this date will result in a full refund minus a $10 processing fee and must be made in writing via e-mail sent to by an adult 18 or over.   Sorry, we cannot issue any refund for cancellation requests received after November 15th.

TILLERY’s Martin, Parlato and Stevens Announce Songwriting Workshop at NYC’s The Jazz Gallery in May 2012.

Photo Credit: John Rogers

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.

The Jazz Gallery presents TILLERY – A Songwriting Workshop

The Jazz Gallery 290 Hudson Street, New York City 10013

Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th, 2012
From 10:00am – 4:00pm each day. Lunch provided.

Enroll early! Participants have until March 31st for $425.00 (+ handling fee of $17.60). After April 1st, the cost is $500.00 (+ handling fee of $20.00).   If you wish to send in a check to waive the fee, contact for more information.

Follow this link to sign up and to make a secure transaction

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Stanford Jazz Workshop “Songwriter Program” Led By Rebecca Martin with Special Guests Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens.

Dear Friends,

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.

Happy spring.

Rebecca Martin Read more

The West Coast and Record Release

"When I Was Long Ago" by Rebecca Martin. Photo Credit Todd Chalfant, c2010

It will be a busy couple of months as we prepare to launch the release of my new recording “When I Was Long Ago” (Sunnyside Records) on August 31st, 2010. It’s a simple and elegant recording of standards that feature Larry Grenadier (Bass) and Bill McHenry (Saxophone). We made it live to two track with James Farber and Paul Antonell at the helm at the Clubhouse Recording Studio in Rhinebeck, NY.

I approached these songs as a songwriter, searching for the first vocal performances of each to assure that the melodies, lyrics and harmony were intact – and as close as possible to the author’s original intent. It’s an honor to sing a song that spans 75-plus years. Kind of an ancestral project in a sense. Setting out with this intention certainly brought new meaning to these old songs.

A concert to launch the album is being planned for 8/31 at the Rockwood Music Hall’s  2nd stage. It’s their concert ‘hall’. Our performance will begin at 8:00pm.  I have decided to make the door charge a donation only, making it affordable for everyone who wishes to come.   I’m happy to be able to offer this to my fans on this very special occasion.

Prior to the release, I’m traveling to the West Coast where I’ll be performing several concerts before launching the first songwriting program called ‘The Songwriter Track’ at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in Palo Alto, CA.   Follow the links below for tickets or information to register for any of my classes.

See you.

– Rebecca Martin

Friday, July 30th, 2010
House Concert
The Shelton’s
625 Sexton Road
Sebastopol, CA.  95472
For more information, contact Ernie at:

Saturday, July 31st, 2010
Campbell Recital Hall
Featuring Rebecca w/Steve Cardenas (Guitar), Larry Goldings (Piano) and Larry Grenadier (Bass)

August 1st – 6th, 2010
Stanford Jazz Workshop
The Songwriter Track

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
7:00pm Doors
8:00pm Showtime

The Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
RECORD RELEASE  “When I Was Long Ago” (Sunnyside Records)
Featuring Rebecca, Larry Grenadier and Bill McHenry

Rebecca Launches New Songwriting Program at the Stanford Jazz Workshop

Rebecca has been invited to join the crew at the Stanford Jazz Workshop this summer – where she will launch “The Songwriter Track’. This will make her the first singer/songwriter to be a part of their prestigious program.

“Singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin guides students through the often-personal process of writing your own songs in this two hour class, which will be offered twice daily for three days during Jazz Residency week. It is scheduled such that anybody can attend, and is open to all singers and instrumentalists, at all levels. Students will have a chance to workshop their original songs with Rebecca and other students, and will explore the inextricable link between lyrics, melody, and storytelling in an inviting, hands-on workshop environment. Participants are encouraged to bring original songs and lyrics, but even those who are new to the process of songwriting will find plenty of inspiration and direction. So whether you’re a beginning songwriter, or have specific material you’d like to develop, the Songwriter track will give you a better handle on songwriting structure and process.

Follow this LINK to learn more and to register.