Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Hosts Mel Martin Band July 20th

The Mel Martin Band will pay a visit to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on Monday, July 20th, 2009. The band consists of Mel Martin (saxophones and flute), Ratzo B. Harris (bass), and Jeff Marrs (drums). The performance will also feature jazz pianist Don Friedman.

Celebrating the release of their new jazzed media CD Where the Warm Winds Blow, they are excited to share their new stuff with New York. The album, released May 12th of this year through Jazzed Media Label, marks Mel Martin’s first new studio recording since 2001. It features a cohesive ensemble and encompasses a wide panoply of styles including Latin jazz originals, contemporary classical, and jazz standards from Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Victor Young.

Artist Background:

Mel Martin is a composer, arranger, bandleader, saxophonist and flute player – one of the most versatile and creative musicians to ever emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area. In his long career, he’s played a part in many of the innovative movements that have come out of that creative community.

He sat in with Wes Montgomery and his brothers while he was still a teenager, played in John Handy’s Freedom Band in 1962 upon moving to San Francisco, worked and recorded with many of the progressive rock and Latin rock bands of the late 60s and early 70s including The Loading Zone, Cold Blood, Santana, Azteca and Boz Scaggs.

He founded the award winning Listen, one of the early West Coast jazz-fusion bands in 1976. He’s currently artistic director of Bebop and Beyond, a group he founded in 1983, as well as leading the Mel Martin Band, The Tenor Conclave, the Mel Martin Big Band and the Benny Carter All Star Tribute Band.

More information at www.melmartin.com.

Shows are $20 and sets are at 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm.

First show SOLD OUT! Tickets for the 2nd show still available (also bar and wall seats for both shows). Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis either at tables or at the bar.

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center
33 West 60 Street, Floor 11
New York, NY 10023
Reservations: (212) 258-9595 or 9795.

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