Flute and Theory, Carnegie Mellon University; B.M. Berklee College of Music
Lance Alexander MartinMusic Performace Faculty in Jazz Flute
Lance Martin is a professional musician originally from Pittsburgh PA. In Pittsburgh, at age 7, Lance began playing the flute. He started out as a gospel soloist on the instrument and played at his father’s church and many other churches in the Pittsburgh area. At ages 14-18, Lance played, arranged, wrote and taught for a semi-professional Youth orchestra, The Ozanam Strings. There he played first chair flute. He also started The Young Composers’ Jazz Band. Lance also attended part-time Music Theory at Carnegie Mellon University.
In Boston, Lance attended Berklee College of Music as a Jazz Composition Major. After College, Lance started the Band, Flute & Friends, which became The Lance Martin Band. The Lance Martin Band promotes a style called physical jazz, which is a mixture of visually physical jazz, R&B, and gospel. Lance's influences include Gershwin, Ellington, James Brown, Miles, Betty Carter, Rashaan Roland Kirk, and James Moody. He has opened many times for James Moody as the Vance Gilbert/Lance Martin duo.
Additionally, Lance is the leader of The Lance Martin Jazz Trio. This Trio is especially unique because of their all-request concerts. The audience makes up their playlist, and Lance along with John Baboian (guitar) and Dave Clark (bass) play their requests. Lance is also the director, arranger, and flutist for the 12th Baptist Gospel Brass Ensemble. Other performances include various local television shows, the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe AIDS Benefit, and the “Piano in the Dark” Show, where he opened for Brenda Russell, a composer of over 780 compositions.
The Cecilio Music Company is using Lance Martin as an artist who endorses their line of flutes. At Wellesley College, Lance teaches Jazz improvisation for Flute, and Master Classes at RYLES Jazz Club. The Lance Martin Band’s first CD: Physical Jazz is still available online. The new CD Nu Jazz Flute will soon be available. Please visit www. LanceAmartin.com for more information.
Prizes: Outstanding Senior - Ozanam Strings & Talk Magazine. Best Instrumental Gospel Group of 2003.
Recordings: Physical Jazz: The Lance Martin Band; The Black Sea Salsa Band (2 CDs) Black Orchid: The Ron Murphy CD; Our Day will Come: Vivian Male; Give Him Praise: Felix Mwangi; Hey Stranger: Adrian Sicam; African Underground Vol. 1 HIP-HOP Senega, Physical Jazz.