Carefree Latin Memories was placed on the CBS program Friends with Better Lives Season 1 Episode 5 (The Bicycle Thieves). The recording was used in a supermarket scene at 1:30 which is after the opening theme. Here is an example of how far music can be buried beneath dialogue, laugh track and ambient background foley effects in a scene. The one instrument recognizable at around 1:55 is a vibraphone. According to my cue sheet, the music plays throughout the entire scene. Advance the video to 1:30 if you would like to see the scene.
Tj Martley’s first solo CD Meditations Vol. 1 was listed among the albums of the year for 2013. I was fortunate enough to master the recording for him. The Downbeat Magazine four out of five stars review of the CD can be read here. You can hear Joe Dimino’s interview with TJ from November 13 of this year at iTunes. Below are reviews of the recording.
Plastic Sax Blog
KC Jazz Lark Blog
Cool School was heard Oct. 6th on Showtime in the series Homeland (Episode 3.02 entitled Uh…Oo…Aw…). The music played in the background of a restaurant scene 40 minutes into the show.
Last year TJ Martley, a former student who studied jazz with me at William Jewell College, released his first solo piano CD entitled “Meditations Vol. 1”. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the process as I mastered the recording for him. This August the CD was reviewed in Down Beat Magazine and received four out a possible five stars. Click below to read various reviews of the CD. I look forward to Vol. 2 in the future. Thank you TJ for considering me for the project.
Plastic Sax Blog
KC Jazz Lark Blog
My Suite on the famous Coleman Hawkins recording Body and Soul is to be premiered at this free concert on April 18th at 7:30 pm in the Liberty Performing Arts Theater in Liberty, MO. It is located at
1600 S Withers Rd, Liberty, MO 64068 and is inside the Liberty Community Center.
Click here to read more about the suite.
Featured that evening will be trumpeter Al Pearson. Al has played with the Count Basie Orchestra, and backed up many artists over the years including Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Jackie McLean, Jay McShann, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Bobby Watson, Lou Rawls, Debbie Reynolds, Crystal Gale, Stevie Wonder, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Sammy Davis Jr., Marvin Gaye and the Danville Illinois Symphony. Other guests include vocalist Caitlin Myers and dancers Paco Vitug and Dr. Yvonne Iway Spurlock. Mr. Vitug is a professional dancer, choreographer, and owner of Paco Dance Academy in Mission, Kansas and founder of PADANCO, a professional dance company. He is trained in classical ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and ballroom. His professional credits spans two decades and includes performances throughout the US and in China. Mr. Vitug has choreographed “Flash Back 2000” for The Osmond Brothers, “Magic on Ice”, as well as other shows in Las Vegas and China.
“Revenge” Season 2, Episode 12 entitled “Collusion” aired Sunday January 20 on ABC featuring my jazz trio recording “Cool School”. It can be heard in the background of a roughly 74 second scene in a hotel lobby. It can be seen at 18:37 on Netflix.
TJ Martley has released his CD Meditations Vol. 1 just recently. I mastered the recording. You can hear a sample and learn more about the CD from his website link below.
Plastic sax blog review as “one of the best albums released by a locally based jazz musician in 2012.”