If your event calls for some great piano music, whether it's Jazz, Easy Listening, Popular Music, Classical, or Broadway tunes, Jim Martinez is our guy! Available as a soloist, duo, trio, 4-5 piece combo with or without a vocalist, or even a full symphony orchestra.
Pianist Jim Martinez began his musical career at the age of four, receiving 18 years of classical training. He has amassed a list of musical accomplishments encompassing nearly all styles of music. Martinez is a Steinway Piano Artist and has performed/recorded with Jazz notables Lionel Hampton, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Cheryl Bentyne (of the Manhattan Transfer), and many others. His performances have taken him from New York to Sydney, Australia. Martinez worked as pianist/musical director for Joan Rivers and Bob Newhart at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe. Jim’s annual jazzy holiday concert, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” has been featured with symphony orchestras around the US, from California to Florida.
Jim has thirteen CD's to his credit as a leader. Four of these are “Jazz Praise,” his arrangements creatively combining church hymns and jazz. His 2015 CD, “Good Grief! It’s Still Jim Martinez - A Tribute to Vince Guaraldi, Charles Schulz & Peanuts” peaked at #10 on the national radio jazz charts, and was on the JazzWeek charts a total of 26 weeks.
"Last night, we went to a church in Carmel where a guy named Jim Martinez was playing very contemporary jazz versions of religious hymns. They were great." -- Clint Eastwood
“I have just listened to “Amazing Grace” with the five-four beat that you brought to my attention, and thought that it worked quite well. Your playing and all the musicians, including your vocalist, sound wonderful.” -- Dave Brubeck
Serving California and beyond including: San Francisco, Carmel, Truckee, Incline, Napa, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Menlo Park, El Dorado Hills, Sacramento, Pebble Beach, La Jolla, Burlingame, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Santa Barbara, Sun Valley, Hawaii and more.