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$20.00 - $115.00
2 Beverage Minimum
Description: Love Songs for Mother's Day will feature Martha's and her band performing jazz versions of classic songs mixed with several originals by Martha herself. From Cole Porter to Ellington, from Gershwin to Lorin, hear the voice thast has been critically acclaimed for it's rich tone.
Martha had her first club gig at age 19 at Enrico Banucci's "Hungry Eye" in San Francisco, where she met long-term mentor, pianist Shelly Robin.
After the tragic loss of her husband, Capt. Bruce Walker (shot down in Viet Nam and still MIA) Martha moved to Germany with their one year old baby girl for two years. Upon returning to the U.S. she completed her B.A. in American Literature at the University of Maryland, after which she moved to San Francisco to resume her singing career.
Martha's first solo album, "The Best Is Yet To Come," was co-produced by Joni Mitchell's producer and sound engineer, Henry Lewy. After its release Martha toured Japan and the Philippines, and then spent a year in Los Angeles where she met and collaborated with pianist/songwriter Frank Collett. Several of those compositions will be included on Martha's 2007 release, "Don't Slam That Door."
New York Times music critic John Wilson says of these collaborations that Martha's "lyrics, with music by Frank Collett, stand up well in the company of such established gems as Strayhorn's "Day Dream" and "Easy Living" by Ranger/Robbins.
After living in New York City for some years, Martha now calls Milford, Pennsylvania home. She has served the Annual Milford Music Festival as its director and assisting with concept development. The 2004 festival featured numerous fine and musically varied groups. The main stage heard performances from Bill Mays, Jerry Vivino, Nestor Torres and The Harlem Baptist Gospel Choir; and Martha took a break from her directing duties to sing a couple of tunes with the Russ Kassoff (Martha's partner on Blues Over Broadway) Big Band. The festival is still going strong.
Martha is constantly exploring the jazz landscape with a spirit of lifting and broadening her musical acumen. Her explorations have presented the opportunity to work with a wide range of world class musicians, including, Paul Smith, Benny Green, Richard Wyands, Harvie Swartz, Eddie Marshall, Monty Budwig, Leon Joyce, Butch Miles, and Mark Isham.
Martha has done studio work throughout the United States and occasionally appears as the headliner at such NY jazz clubs as Iridium and Birdland.
Acclaimed bassist Don Miller said of working with Martha after a recent gig, "She is one of the finest vocalists I have had the pleasure to work with. I also appreciate her organization, attention to detail, and absolute PERFECTIONISM! She is the kind of singer who lifts the music to another level and inspires us all to play better. Unfortunately that is not often the case, which makes me appreciate all the more when it IS!"
"She is a wonderful singer who has a timeless quality and yet is a fresh voice on the jazz scene." -- Tommy Flanagan
We are looking forward to Martha's new release in September, "Don't Slam That Door".