featuring Larry Grenadier, Steve Cardenas & Larry Goldings
Rebecca Martin, vocals; Steve Cardenas, guitar;
Larry Goldings, piano; Larry Grenadier, bass
Saturday, July 31, 8 pm | Campbell Recital Hall
Tickets: $32 general | $18 students
Rebecca Martin, the leader of Stanford Jazz's first-ever
songwriting program, "is a fresh jazz singer set loose in folk-pop,
or vice versa; you never quite know which... and both sides of the
equation come out well" (New York Times). Duke Ellington, who
rejected categorization of all kinds, famously said that there are
only two kinds of music: "good music, and the other kind." Although
it's difficult to place it neatly in a single genre - it's
been referred to as jazz, pop, folk, rock, and just about every other
label- singer/songwriter Rebecca Martin's music
is good, in the Ellingtonian sense of the word.
Beginning her recording career with the group Once Blue, Martin
was quickly drawn to writing her own songs. Audiences immediately
responded; her first solo release, People Behave Like Ballads, was
a New York Times Critic's Pick, while her 2009 album The Growing
Season won an Independent Music award for best Folk/Singer-Songwriter
album. Her voice and songwriting have been compared to Joni Mitchell,
but jazz lovers will hear echoes of Billie Holliday's intimate,
honest style, along with a trace of Anita O'Day's playfulness.
Whether you love the sophistication and spontaneity of jazz, the
earthy honesty of folk music, or the catchiness of pop - or
if, like Duke Ellington, you simply appreciate good music made with
skill and sincerity - "let Martin's astute,
erudite perspectives on the human condition wash over you, and you'll
know you're in the company of emerging genius" (JazzTimes).
Rebecca Martin – "After Midnight"
Rebecca Martin– "As For You, Raba"
Rebecca Martin– "Just A Boy"
Martin performing "Tea for Two" with husband Larry Grenadier
performing "Play for Me," 2004