May Guest: The Martin Martinez Swing Band

Next Event: May 21, 2017

Martin Martinez This month, The Modesto Traditional Jazz Society presents The Martin Martinez Swing Band. Joining Martin are local talented musicians including his children Pete and Andréa Martinez.

A central valley native, Martin has performed professionally for four decades. He prides himself on playing in an array of styles, utilizing his versatility in musical theatre, classical, blues, country, rock, latin-jazz, funk, and swing bands.

Martin performs with groups as small as a duet and as large as a 15-piece big band.

Martin is in constant demand whether as a music instructuctor, a musician, or for his artistic abilities (Martin has been commissioned for his artwork).

Martin has performed with or opened for such legendary talent as Ray Charles, Little Anthony and The Imperials, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Bob Newhart, Cheech Marin, Don Rickels, Joan Rivers, Carol Channing, and Maynard Fergusen. Martin has also performed with former members of groups led by Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Chuck Mangione, and Lawrence Welk.

Gallo Center for the Arts



Saturday, May 27, 2017 7:00PM


Dave Bennett is a blazing clarinet sensation playing the “swing style” of Benny Goodman. He previously appeared at the Center performing in the Modesto Symphony’s “Clarinet Swing Kings” concert in 2014. We delighted to bring Dave back with his quartet for an all-Goodman program to include classics such as “Moonglow,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Sing Sing Sing,” “Let’s Dance,” “Don’t Be That Way,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and more! Dave is an authentic musical prodigy (totally self-taught) who brings Goodman’s music to life with incredible technique, style, beauty of tone and naturalness. His stage presence, knowledge of Goodman, and his penchant for wire-rim glasses, spats and double-breasted suits, transports listeners back in time!

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