Best Jazz Artist

Peter Martin

Raised in University City, Peter Martin was able to establish himself as a first-call jazz pianist while living in New Orleans during the 1990s and early 2000s, and it's a testament to his talent that he's continued to be a much-in-demand sideman after relocating with his family to St. Louis after Hurricane Katrina. The long-time music director for singer Dianne Reeves, Martin also has worked extensively with the much-respected bassist Christian McBride and with popular trumpeter Chris Botti, bringing both acute listening skills and impressive piano technique to a variety of musical situations. Since moving back, he's also made a significant contribution to the St. Louis music scene. Martin has taught local students and produced and played in a series at the Sheldon Concert Hall featuring performances with musical friends such as Reeves and fellow U. City alumnus, trumpeter and singer Jeremy Davenport. Fittingly, Martin also was selected to compose a new work to be performed at the Sheldon's 100th anniversary celebration in October that will feature, among others, McBride, singer Christine Brewer, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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