[Dixielandjazz] Things that make me cringe

John Farrell stridepiano at tesco.net
Thu Jul 29 00:27:40 PDT 2004

Paul Edgerton said :

"Right here in Northern California we have a Christian Jazz musician of the
 highest caliber, a pianist cut from the same cloth as Oscar Peterson. He
 plays lots of churches, presents home concerts featuring guest artists and
 even slums with the Dixieland crowd if he's available.

 His name is Jim Martinez, and he is a treasure."

Amen to that. Jim is not only a terrific world-class modern pianist a la
Peterson, he can play great stride too. Some years ago he asked me to
transcribe Waller's recording of Handful Of Keys for a CD he (Jim) was
making - when the CD came out his rendition was truly astonishing.

Shortly afterwards he contacted me again to score some religious jazz tunes
he had written, however it didn't come to anything. Okay, so the guy's got
religion bigtime but so what? That is his thing and he doesn't ram it down
everybody's throat.

Catch him if you can - I guarantee that his piano playing will blow you

John Farrell

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