Mick Martin's Big Band
Most people in Sacramento probably know Mick Martin as the host/producer of “The Blues Party” on Capital Public Radio and the leader of Mick Martin & the Blues Rocker for over 40 years. An award-winning harmonica player and singer-songwriter, his accomplishments include over 20 CDs (four in Europe), performing with jazz organist Jimmy Smith and other jazz and blues icons at Carnegie Hall’s “Blues in Jazz” event in 1994 and topping his 17-year association with guitar innovator Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat, the Chicago Blues Reunion) at West-Fest, the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. For the Mick Martin Big Band, he has assembled a group of accomplished musicians with pedigrees as impressive as his own: Danny Sandoval (saxophone), Andrew Clayton Little (guitar), Russ Skarsten (organ/piano), Aj Joyce (bass), Ralph E. Davies (trombone/arranger) and Johnny Stone (drums). All of these men have played and recorded with a list of world-famous artists that can be considered the Who’s Who of the music business. As Bill Champlin has said, “There are harmonica players who play music and musicians who play harmonica. Mick is in the latter category.” Martin himself has said, “This is my dream band; a group of gifted musicians I have long admired and never thought I would be able to assemble into a band. And, man, do we have a great time when we play.” And so does the audience.