Peter Martin (jazz pianist)

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Peter Martin
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Martin playing at the 30th Detroit Jazz Festival
Photo: Brian Callahan
Background information
OriginSt. Louis, Missouri
United States
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, instructor
LabelsMax Jazz, Peter Martin Music
Associated actsDianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Christian McBride
WebsitePeter Martin

Peter Martin (born 1970) is an American jazz pianist.

Life and career[edit]

Martin was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 17, 1970.[1] He won Second Place at the 1993 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.[2]

Martin is musical director and pianist for Dianne Reeves and arranged and played music for her Grammy Award-winning soundtrack to the motion picture Good Night, and Good Luck.[1] He also appeared in the film.[3]

In September 2008 he was appointed lecturer in jazz studies at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University.[4] He has also been on the music faculty at Tulane University, the University of New Orleans and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.[5]

Martin has been a member of Chris Botti's touring band and in 2009 toured extensively with Christian McBride.[4] He has recorded with Victor Goines, Johnny Griffin, Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves and Rodney Whitaker.[5] Other artists with whom he has performed include Terence Blanchard, Betty Carter,[6] Roy Hargrove,[5] Ellis Marsalis,[1] Christian McBride,[5] David Sanborn[6] and Stanley Turrentine.[4]

Martin has released two albums on the Max Jazz label, Something Unexpected (2001) and In The P.M. (2005).[7] In 2009, Martin released his first solo CD, Set of Five on his own label, Peter Martin Music produced by Dan Martin.

In October 2015, Martin released an album, What Lies Ahead, on Open Studio Records, featuring his trio of Reuben Rogers, bass and Gregory Hutchinson, drums and special guests Vocalists Erin Bode, and Brian Owens produced by Dan Martin. It was recorded in his home town of St. Louis.[6]

In January 2011, Martin played at the White House as part of the State Dinner the President Obama held welcoming the president of China.

After launching an educational video podcast, 2-Minute Jazz, Martin launched a website, Open Studio, in 2011 that is a members-only jazz lesson site with video lessons and online master classes containing premium concepts and content. Students from over 100 countries have joined and are continuing to learn from Martin, Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, Greg Hutchinson, Romero Lubambo and other artists.


  1. ^ a b c "More Than Luck: A Good Night For Peter Martin". Sibelius. February 23, 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  2. ^ "Competition – Past Winners and Judges". Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Good Night, and Good Luck. on IMDb
  4. ^ a b c "Faculty Profiles, Bienen School of Music". Northwestern University. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d "Peter Martin – bio". Archived from the original on May 9, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Moffitt, Kelly (October 9, 2015). "Take heed, Stevie Wonder: Local piano legend Peter Martin is coming for you next". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Max Jazz Piano Series: Peter Martin". MAXJAZZ. Retrieved January 4, 2009.

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