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I'd like to welcome all of my friends to my web site. Jazz and the saxophone and flute are the things nearest and dearest to my heart. I am striving to maintain the highest standards in Jazz productions and inform you of the latest innovations with the instruments I play. Please return frequently to hear about the latest developments and my current projects. Please click below to subscribe to my newslettter. You can now purchase my new CD Where The Warm Winds Blow.

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Monday Evening, June 5, 2017 - The MEL MARTIN Band 75th B'day Bash!

A return engagement to the newly developed Sac Jazz Coop headed by Carolyne Swayze. A native Sacramento son, Mel appears at the CLARA Auditorium on June 5, 2017 to celebrtrate his 75th Birthday, (actual birthday is June 7th) with his all star quintet featuring: Mel Martin on Sax and flute, Keith Saunders on piano, Robb Fisher on bass, Jeff Marrs on drums and Brad Buethe on guitar.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
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E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts
2420 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
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Sunday Afternoon, June 18, 2017 (Father's Day) - The Mel Martin All Star Big Band Featuring vocalist Tiffany Austin at the Filoli Gardens. 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062

Come celebrate Father's Day and my 75th B'day concert!

“The Mel Martin Big Band was exciting, rewarding, and more.”
Philip Elwood - San Francisco Chronicle

The Bay Area has always been a hotbed of jazz talent. Many of its brightest stars have moved on to the greener pastures of New York and beyond. Saxophonist/composer/arranger Mel Martin has chosen to maintain his permanent residence in the green pastures of Marin County. Mel still travels quite a bit doing performances and educational clinics world-wide but has made a commitment to forming a swinging, “in-your-face”, volatile big band. The roots of the band began in the early ‘nineties when Mel Martin was contacted by such jazz greats as Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Charles Mingus’ Epitaph and Joe Henderson to help them put together high-level big bands for Bay Area performances at venues such as Davies Symphony Hall, Kimball’s, Filoli Gardens, Yoshi’s and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. These experiences were the seeds of what has become a truly all-star ensemble. The band has performed sold-out engagements at The Russian River Jazz Festival, The Filoli Summer Series, Jazz at Pearl’s and Yoshi’s.

Three Exciting Dates of Electrifying Music for You

July 7th 2017 – KUUMBWA JAZZ CENTER  7:pm 

Santa Cruz,CA.



July 8th 2017 – PIER 23 on the EMBARCADERO -7:pm            San Francisco, CA.

The action gets started with legendary artists performing

Charles McPherson..Gary Bartz.. Azar Lawrence.. Eddie Henderson.. Mel Martin.. Ray Drummond.. Kenneth Nash.. Benito Gonzalez.. Juini Booth, Denny  Zeitlin & quite a few Surprises.


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