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Joel A. Martin

Joel A. Martin's classical piano career spans 40+ years including solo performances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Festival Orchestra, Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra and Hartford Symphony. He has given recitals at Purchase College Performing Arts Center, Severance Hall, Phillips Collection, Guggenheim Museum, Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Kaukametsa Hall in Finland, and l'Opera Comique in Paris in a command performance for French President Francois Mitterand.

In the last couple of years he has collaborated with and/or written music for Grammy® Award-winners Brooklyn Youth Chorus, cellist Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers, among many other artists.
In Oct. 2013 Joel produced his 7th Jazzical® CD, Jazzical Meets Menken, honoring multiple Oscar/Grammy/Tony Award-winning Disney/Broadway composer Alan Menken. With stellar performances by Broadway legends Liz Callaway, Amanda McBroom, Christine Pedi and the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, Jazzical Meets Menken included two world premieres penned by Alan Menken specifically for this CD.

On July 18, 2014 – the capstone event of International Mandela Day celebrations at the United Nations – Joel produced Footsteps of Mandela, an all-star tribute concert to Mandela at NYC's Riverside Church. He has since produced several critically acclaimed Footsteps concerts in West Palm Beach, Hartford, and Bridgeport.

This past Nov. 13, Joel performed with operatic legend Kathleen Battle at the MET Opera, a historic concert event as it was her return to the MET after 22 years, in a performance of her acclaimed “Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey.”

Plans for 2017 include a national tour of Footsteps of Peace, producing 6 CD projects for jazz and gospel singers, duo piano with George Lopez, and cello/piano duo with 5 time Grammy Award winner Eugene Friesen. Joel will release his 8th Jazzical CD, Jazzical Rocks! featuring the Jazzical Symphony Orchestra in January 2017 with a national tour to follow.

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NBC-TV Weekend Today in NY
Guggenheim Museum Kaukametsa Hall (Finland)
Lincoln Center l'Opera Comique (Paris)
Snug Harbor New Hampshire Music Festival
Kennedy Center Iridium

As collaborator Joel has written music for & toured with:
Kathleen Battle - opera
Jessye Norman - opera
Paul Lieberman - Brazilian jazz

1998-08 - Music Director for the Cab Calloway Orchestra
1995-2005 - Asst. Director for the Boys Choir of Harlem.
2004-09 - Gold Medalist pianist for the American Traditions Competition for Singers
2010-12 – Artistic Director, American Traditions Competition for Singers, Savannah
2010-present – Co-arranger/producer for Paul Lieberman’s “Ibeji”
2013 (Oct) - Produced, arranging and performed on his new CD, Jazzical Meets Menken - a tribute to Disney and Broadway composer Alan Menken.
2013 (Oct) - Produced, played and co-arranged Jolie Rocke Brown's new CD "Rock of Ages," jazzy takes on traditional church hymns.
2013 (Oct) - Produced 2 tracks on Liz Callaway's upcoming Christmas EP, name and release date TBD for Xmas 2013.