About Peter

Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator. His touring career has taken him to six continents numerous times. In January 2011 Peter performed with a select group of jazz artists at the White House for a State Dinner hosted by President Obama, and he returned to perform for the Governor’s Dinner in February 2012 for the first family and other guests.

Peter performed on and arranged Dianne Reeves’ Grammy® winning release A Little Moonlight. He also appeared in George Clooney’s 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck as well as being the featured pianist and an arranger on the Grammy® winning soundtrack. Peter has performed, toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Betty Carter, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Peter attended the Juilliard School of Music and is presently on the faculty of Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville). He has performed workshops and master classes at institutions worldwide, including Oberlin College, Northwestern University, Duke University, the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshops, Steinway Piano Gallery, the Rotterdam Conservatory, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow.

 

Raised by parents who are both classical musicians, Peter began studying violin and piano at age three. After graduating from high school, Peter received the Presidential Scholar in the Arts award from President Reagan. He then attended The Juilliard School in New York on scholarship, studying with Martin Canin, until moving to New Orleans in 1990.

While in New Orleans Martin honed his skills working with key musicians such as Nicholas Payton, Germaine Bazzle, Chris Thomas, Alvin Batiste, Brian Blade and Victor Goines. He also embarked on an active solo career and toured and recorded with artists such as Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Peter has also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic with Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony as well as numerous other orchestras around the world.

Peter performed on and arranged Dianne Reeves’ Grammy winning release A Little Moonlight as well as co-produced her 2004 Blue Note CD Chrismas Time Is Here. Peter appeared in George Clooney’s 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck as well as being featured on the Grammy® winning soundtrack.

Martin was named “Best Jazz Artist” of 2010 and 2012 in ST. Louis’ Riverfront Times, and was honored with the Arts & Education Council’s Excellence in the Arts award in 2012. 

In February 2010, Peter premiered a unique Jazz concert series in St. Louis, Peter Martin Music: LIVE!, bringing in legends in the jazz community that he has played with around the world for intimate concerts at the renowned Sheldon Concert Hall.  The series has been raved as some of the best jazz concerts in St. Louis, described by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as “the kind of crowd-pleasing event that proves that, when performed with energy and style, jazz can indeed connect with folks who aren’t necessarily diehard fans of the music.”

In January 2011, Peter was honored to have played with a select group of American jazz musicians for a featured performance at the White House State Dinner with President and Mrs. Obama welcoming China’s president.

Martin’s latest release is SET OF FIVE, his first solo piano recording.Peter Martin is a Steinway Piano Artist and presently on the faculties of Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville) and Northwestern University in Chicago, IL as well as a permanent Artist-in-Residence with Jazz St. Louis’ JazzU program.

 

“The elegance of his touch, the textural clarity of his improvisations and the careful design of his solos distinguish Martin from many pianists of the 35-and-under generation.” - Los Angeles Times

“one of the most underrated pianists in jazz today … Martin plays with the kind of daring and excitement that marks a distinctive personality on the keyboard.” - Washington Post

“He has clearly found his own individual voice at the piano. He’s sure to have a major role in the future of American jazz.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“The Peter Martin Trio was a different animal: feisty, fierce, and crackling with virtuosity”Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Peter Martin’s artistry is nothing short of extraordinary. To sing with him is sublime – To listen to him play is a transcendent experience.” - Dianne Reeves

Peter is a complete pianist, performing with maturity well beyond his years.” - Ellis Marsalis

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Artist Title Year
Dianne Reeves Beautiful Life 2014
Christian McBride People Music 2013
Warren Wolf Warren Wolf 2011
Various Artists Everybody Wants To Be A Cat 2011
Mark Whitfield Songs of Wonder 2009
Victor Goines Love Dance 2007
Dianne Reeves Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life 2007
Victor Goines New Adventures 2006
Dianne Reeves Good Night & Good Luck soundtrack (DVD, Blu-Ray) 2005**
Peter Martin In The P.M. 2005*
Dianne Reeves Higher Ground Hurricane Relief 2005
Dianne Reeves Christmas Time Is Here 2004*
Dianne Reeves A Little Moonlight 2003**
Wynton Marsalis All Rise w/ Los Angeles Philharmonic 2002
Peter Martin Something Unexpected 2001*
Roland Guerin You Don’t Have To See It 2000
Victor Goines Sunrise to Midnight 2000
Donald Harrison Spirits of Congo Square 2000
Peter Martin The Answer 2000*
Irvin Mayfield Irvin Mayfield 1999
4-Sight 4-Sight 1998
Rodney Whitaker Hidden Kingdom 1998
Peter Martin Parabola 1997*
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Mood Indigo 1997
Jeremy Davenport Jeremy Davenport 1996
Joshua Redman Freedom In The Groove 1996
Joshua Redman Spirit of the Moment – Live @ Village Vanguard 1995
Johnny Griffin Chicago, New York, Paris 1995
Peter Martin New Stars from New Orleans 1993*
Victor Goines Genesis 1992
Nicholas Payton The New Orleans Collective 1992

* artist and producer   ** Grammy® winner