Last year I challenged myself to get rid of all of the concepts in my playing that I didn’t really care for but had been playing out of habit. This became a much larger task than I had anticipated. One of the first things to go was a handful of crappy voicings that I always seemed to default to for no good reason. This left a bit of a whole in my voicing arsenal. I started to scramble for voicing ideas that might seem useful.read more
by Adam Maness In our search for growth as musicians, we can too often become obsessed with information, sometimes overlooking simple tasks that can get us sounding better with what we already have. Gathering the hippest lines or voicings or rhythms is an enticing...read more
In this episode, Peter Martin sits down with saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and vocalist Kurt Elling to talk about music, career, and their new recording - Upward Spiral. Recorded live on stage at the Ferring Jazz Bistro in St. Louis, USA. Available on iTunes,...read more
Another Day of Sun, opening song from the movie “La La Land”.
Jazz piano arrangement by Peter Martin, composed by Justin Hurwitz.
Last week, Peter Martin and the Open Studio crew took over the beautiful Sheldon Concert Hall to record a new piano course geared at intermediate players called "Elements of Jazz Piano" (coming Spring 2017). Not only will this be amongst our most visually and...read more
Peter Martin sits down with the incomparable jazz trio, The Bad Plus for a special interview recorded live in front of an audience at the Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis.read more
New Equipment: When considering new equipment, it's important to consider three key points. Does it sound good? Does the equipment that you're checking out give you the sound and clarity that you're looking for? Is it one dimensional? Does it give you a wide range of...read more
In this 2-Minute Jazz video, Peter addresses some tips of a special run.read more
In this 2-Minute Jazz video, Peter addresses cadenzas head on.read more
In this 2-Minute Jazz video, Peter shares some tips on a few different bridge chords..read more