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CLARA - E. Claire Raley Studios for Performing Arts
2420 N St, Sacramento, California 95816
Pianist Jim Martinez, from Sacramento, California, began his musical career at the age of four, receiving eighteen years of classical training. He has amassed a list of musical accomplishments encompassing nearly all styles of music.
A Steinway Pianos Artist and has performed or recorded with Jazz notables Lionel Hampton, the Stan Kenton Alumni, Christian McBride, Russell Malone, Roy Hargrove, Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer), the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Benny Golson and Ed Thigpen, the first drummer for the famous Oscar Peterson Trio. Jim has also performed with various symphony orchestras and toured as a featured guest with the U.S. Air Force Jazz Band from Travis AFB (CA).
Martinez opened for All-Star Night 13 straight years at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho. Some venue highlights include the Bix Biederbecke Festival (Davenport, IA), the Harvest Jazz and Blues in New Brunswick, Canada, St Peter’s Church in New York City and The Basement Jazz Club in Sydney, Australia. He recently worked as pianist and musical director for Joan Rivers and Bob Newhart at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, NV.
The Sacramento Jazz Coop is pleased to present the Jim Martinez Quartet.