Peter Martin

Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger, educator, and entrepreneur. His touring career has taken him to six continents numerous times. In January 2011, Peter performed with a select group of jazz artists at the White House for a State Dinner hosted by President Obama, and he returned to perform for the Governor’s Dinner in February 2012 for the first family and other guests.

Peter performed on and arranged Dianne Reeves’ Grammy® winning release, A Little Moonlight. He also appeared in George Clooney’s 2005 film, Good Night, and Good Luck, as well as being the featured pianist and an arranger on the Grammy® winning soundtrack. Peter has performed, toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Betty Carter, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In 2014 Peter was selected to tour with “Newport Now 60”, an all-star ensemble that toured nationwide in celebration of the iconic festival’s 60th anniversary. In addition to leading his own trio and being a member of Christian McBride’s all-star band, Inside Straight, Peter Martin has been the accompanist and musical director for the legendary singer, Dianne Reeves, for two decades.

“An unbelievable musician with a unique kind of charisma. Not just the technical competence, but the deep kind of penetrating insight into music.” – Wynton Marsalis

Peter attended the Juilliard School of Music and is a former member of the faculties of Northwestern University and Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville). He has performed workshops and masterclasses at institutions worldwide, including Oberlin College, Northwestern University, Duke University, the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshops, Steinway Piano Gallery, the Rotterdam Conservatory, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow. Peter Martin received the Presidential Scholar in the Arts award from President Reagan soon after graduating from high school in St. Louis.

Peter is the Co-Founder and CEO of Open Studio, an innovative online music education website with jazz lessons from jazz legends. Open Studio demonstrates how the Internet may be used as a platform for mentoring and learning-by-doing – the theme of Constructing Modern Knowledge. Nurturing aspiring jazz musicians is incredibly complex in any form, doing it online represents a major breakthrough in thinking about the educational value of the Internet.

Peter creates a free 2 Minute Jazz Piano lesson weekly for YouTube and co-hosts the daily music podcast, You’ll Hear It, offering advice about listening to and playing music better. He is also the host of The Process with Peter Martin podcast. In his spare time, Peter is a long distance runner, husband, and father.

“Peter Martin’s artistry is nothing short of extraordinary. To sing with him is sublime – To listen to him play is a transcendent experience.” – Dianne Reeves

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Peter was heading to his daughter’s school to perform at a career day event and worried what to play until he heard the La La Land theme emanating from his kid’s room. He taught himself the tune by ear and this is the result.


The Peter Martin Trio playing his composition, Broadmoor


A taste of his weekly YouTube piano lessons


Great solo with the Dianne Reeves band


An encore from France


Peter being honored

“One of the most underrated pianists in jazz today … Martin plays with the kind of daring and excitement that marks a distinctive personality on the keyboard.” – The Washington Post

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