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SEGMENT 1 OF 7

OL:
"Simply Elegant!" ...Right from the start!  Romantic Jazz Pianist JOHN di MARTINO, has it all! The smooth touch on the keys, the swagger of swing, and all of the colors of latin moods & rhythms. It's all there in black & white keys! ...just listen, while OL gets to Interview this magical Artist for the month of August 2016.

OL:
World renowned Jazz Pianist John di Martino, not only released a discography of his own classic recordings, including
"Birds of the Heart,"  "impromptu" CD's,
but also a major player in many headlining Artists around the world, from... Ray Barretto's "New World Spirit," to James Moody, to Billy Eckstine, Paquito D'Rivera, Houston Person, to Chico DeBarge & many others.OL was fortunate to be officially introduced to Mr. di Martino, by none other than Grammy Vocalist Mr. Freddy Cole... of the Nat "King" Cole Dynasty Family. This month, we look forward to covering many special moments of John di Martino's recording, arranging, & performance Career highlights!
's give a resounding Welcome to this very distinctive and amazing Artist... Venus Records COMPOSER, ARRANGER, PIANIST...
 JOHN dI MARTINO...!

OL:
Welcome John, it's great to have You on Oceanlight, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the Oceanliner Notes Monthly Series, August 2016. As stated by K. Leander Williams, from Time Out New York, "...one of the jazz scene's finest, a pianist who is just as comfortable with bop as he is with Afro-Cuban rhythms and salsa..."What line of thinking, or emotional reserve do you tap into John, to have your sound arrive at that comfort zone effect that you have on the listener?

John di Martino
:
I try to tune in and listen to what the universe is telling me to play, I'm always looking to open the door to the essence of the music.

OL
:
John
, we've seen you first hand, lay out the magic and moods of your piano sound, while recording in the studio, with your poetic delicate piano nuances and lush chords. Take us back to the beginning of your playing style development?

John di Martino
:
I like the poetic elements in music, understatement, I think about how minimal I can play, this help me find what is truly essential, and then many ideas organically grow form that place.

OL:
A Philadelphia Native?

John di Martino
:
Yes, I'm from Philly !

 OL:
How much did the New York City Music Scene influence You, and what was some of the stand-out Club Performance Dates that you played on, early in your Career?

John di Martino
:
I had a house band gig in Atlantic City in the mid- eighties, I made many L.A. and New York contacts there. But moving to New York brought great life realizing opportunities to me !

OL:
John
, throughout this Interview, we'd like to take our OL Readers on path to many of your Recordings, both Solo and with the other great Artists that you've worked with.But first, tell the Musicians about your studies with Lennie Tristano and Don Sebesky?

John di Martino
:
I learned a lot through study with great masters like Lennie Tristano, Don Sebesky and Jimmie Amadie.

OL:
Early in your Career, was there a preferred style of music that you listened to and was influenced by, as a Pianist?

John di Martino
:
Zappa
, and very into blues, my first experience with improvisation was playing blues, I used to listen to John Mayall , then I started to systematically check out all the great jazz artists


OL
:
Who are some of the Musicians that influenced You?

John di Martino
:
I've been very inspired by: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gil Evans, Claus Ogerman, Bill Evans, Joe Zawanul, Horace Silver, Hank Jones, Bela Bartok and Richard Strauss.

OL:
Speaking of influences, John; we loveyour very romantic arrangement of the Alec Wilder/Morty Palitz composition,' Moon and Sand' from your "Turnaround" CD. Tell us about what inspired you to go in that musical direction with this song?

John di Martino
:
I hear Moon And Sand being very ethereal.


OL
:
When you take the listener in with this 'Moon and Sand' track, lost in a trance, what would be the new track or musical path that you would take to gently get them out of it, to open their eyes and ears... or would you prefer to leave them in a trance?

John di Martino
:
I have played a lot of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and funk, I like to apply different grooves to a melody, if it feels like a good fit!

OL
:
We can hear the latin styled arrangement on Your CD "The Beatles In Jazz," from the 'John di Martino Romantic Jazz Trio'. In particular 'The Fool On the Hill'...Tell us John, your take on the influence of Pop/Rock music and how it can work well, in the realm of Jazz Artists?

John di Martino
:
I have done many concept cd's for Venus Records, It has been fun and challenging.

OL
:
What's your favorite Beatles tune, and would you ever want to do more covers in the Pop/Rock genre? If so, what tune might be next?

John di Martino
:
I love the tune: "In My Life," I would like to do a Stevie Wonder and a Rolling Stones Project!

OL:
In general, John, what goes into choosing the right key before recording a track, and are there certain keys that work best, depending on the genre or range?

John di Martino
:
 I often change keys to create a tonal variety .

OL
:
In your world tours, what staple tunes do you like to play on your set?

John di Martino
:
My default tune is Jerome Kern's "Yesterdays"!

OL
:
Thank you very much John, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview1 of 7 segment?

John di Martino
:
I do yoga and I like swimming and long walks.

OL:
On part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Series, on August 5, 2016, we'll take a closed look at Jazz Pianist John di Martino's glowing original Compositions & more! Meanwhile enjoy listening to some of his beautiful and introspective recordings, right here on OL!

OL
:
Thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Series! Read our next segment on Jazz Pianist John di Martino this coming week for the whole month of August 2016!

SEGMENT 2 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back to the incomparable Jazz Pianist, Composer & Arranger...JOHN DI MARTINIO!...& to all of our OL Readers, this being Part 2 of our 7 part Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Series for the month of August 2016!

OL
:
Welcome back John, and thanks again for coming on Oceanlight Records as our special Guest Artist this month.What is your Piano of choice and why?

John di Martino
:
 I love Steinway. It has so much variation in touch. The Steinway can sound like: Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Hank Jones, McCoy Tyner, Kieth Jarrett, Kenny Barron & George Shearing. The "sound of the hand" comes through.

OL
:
Your outstanding arrangements for all of the many other Artist Productions that you have been a part of; are most legendary.On this segment, tell us about some of your own original compositions?

John di Martino
:
I made on cd of all my own music: "Birds Of The Heart," I want to focus on composing more, but I am very busy arranging, for example: I am now writing orchestral arrangements for a concert with Freddy Cole at the Detroit Jazz Fest

OL
:
When you write music, is it coming from a harmonic structure, or does it shape itself around the melodic structure first?

John di Martino
:
I prefer to start with a melodic idea, but the reverse often happen as well!

OL
:
When writing, are you thinking instrumental pieces, and/or do you write with lyrics in mind, also?

John di Martino
:
I try to be "lyrical", but I have not focused on writing lyrics yet.

OL
:
At the end of the day, the sun goes down, and rises at dawn. Which do you feel is your best time to have solitude to write your music, or are you somewhere in between?

John di Martino
:
I think morning is best for creativity.

OL:
What Artist would you like to work with, that you haven't already?

John di Martino
:
Many: Vinnie Colaiuta, Wayne Shorter, Andy Bey, Jack DeJohnette and Kurt Elling.

OL:
John
, you've worked quite a bit with Grammy Jazz Vocalist Freddy Cole, and for many, happily so... creating some beautiful sounds. We especially love the arrangement of 'This Love Of Mine', featured on the OL Freddy Cole Interview on this site... And on this very OL Interview with you, we feature your recording cover with Freddy, of famous Isley Bros. classic, 'For The Love Of You'. Tell us about that recording session with the great Freddy Cole?

John di Martino
:
I enjoy recording with Freddy, we met in Atlantic City many years ago, Billy Eckstine and Bobby Tucker introduced us!

OL:
As we listen, don't have to ask Freddy why he loves working with you. John, not only are you a great Jazz Pianist and Arranger, but also you are a Singer's dream; giving them the beauty of space to do just that... to dream with their voice. And all the while in between, you create your magic on the keys.This is itself, is a special gift that you have. What, so far, has been your favorite song when working with Freddy?

John di Martino
:
I really like the version of "This Love Of Mine" we recorded with David Fathead Newman. I am enlarging the arrangement for orchestra now!

OL
:
That's wonderful John, we look forward to this new recording arrangement, can't wait! Now let's go to another great Jazz Vocalist that you've worked with...Diane Schuur?

John di Martino
:
I had the pleasure to work with her in Philly; she is a truly great singer!

OL:
On a show night with Lady Schuur, what's some of the repertoire on her set? We understand that she includes a good amount of pop songs, with the jazz standards?

John di Martino
:
I adapt to whoever I'm playing with, I know that my approach changes somewhat for each individual.

OL:
John
, in working with your share of celebrated Singers, do you find the need to adjust your playing style, depending upon who the Singer is; or with most gigs, one is called sometimes exactly because of a certain style and don't want you to change it?

John di Martino
:
That's a hard question; I'm still mastering the art of the set list!
I want to study Monty Alexander more. He really is a master of lining up a show!

OL:
On your own Club Dates, with the 'John di Martino Romantic Jazz Trio', what song do you open your shows with, and what song do you enjoy closing with?

John di Martino
:
We should all try to tune into our unique voice. We all have one, just like every finger print and face is unique and beautiful!

OL:
Thanks a million John, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.

OL
:
We look forward on September 10, 2016 to Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Series, Up next, JAZZ PIANIST Pianist JOHN DI MARTINO will take us through his recordings with the late Ray Barretto's "New World Spirit", as a long time member, featured pianist and arranger on several recordings including the Grammy nominated CD "Contact."... & even John working with R&B's Chico DeBarge...so come back soon!

OL
:
And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series
!

Playlist Samples:
Romantic
Jazz Pianist
Composer & Arranger
JOHN DI MARTINO

1. Moment to Moment
2. Emily
3. I Can't Help It
4. All The Way
 
(vocalist Janis Siegel, pianist John di Martino, bassist Leo Traversa)
5. Magical Mystery For Monk and Murakami
6. Lamento Borincano
7. Moon and Sand
8. Voce e Eu
   (Featuring: (vocalist Janis Siegel, pianist John di Martino, bassist Leo Traversa, trumpeter Jeff Stockham,
    and percussionist/vocalist Nanny Assis)
9. Birds Of The Heart
10. East Of the Sun 'Live'
11. For The Love Of You
   (w/ Freddy Cole)
12. Penny Lane
13. La Comparsa
14. The Sun Died
15. A ra
    (Featuring: vocalist Janis Siegel, pianist John di Martino, bassist Leo Traversa)
16. Valse Triste
17. So In Love
18. L-O-V-E

(w/ Isaac Delgado)
19. Reflections In A Japanese Bath
    John di Martino (Composer/Piano)
    (Featuring: GEMMA on violin)
20. It's Alright With Me
21. Small World / Anyone Can Whistle Medley

    (w/ Houston Person)
22. The Fool On The Hill
23. A Time For Love
from"IMPROMPTU" CD
    John di Martino, Piano
    Warren Vache, Cornet
Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
JOHN DI MARTINO
JAZZ PIANIST COMPOSER & ARRANGER
www.johndimartino.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 8/1/16 - 8/31/16


OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

stay tuned...
Turnaround CD
John Di Martino's Romantic Jazz Trio CD
Michael in Jazz-Tribute to Michael Jackson  Import  CD
Romantic Jazz Trio: Moliendo Cafe  Import  CD
Magical Mistery  Import  CD
Beatles in Jazz Vol 1 & 2  Import  CD
Romantic Jazz Trio: Jazz Mozart  Import  CD
Impromptu CD
Beatles in Jazz  Import  CD
So in Love  Import, Super Audio CD - DSD
Birds of the Heart  CD
Romantic Jazz Trio: Music of the Night  Import  CD
John Di Martino Romantic Jazz Trio - Lisztmania  CD
John di Martino
is a jazz pianist, \arranger and producer, based in New York City.  He has been described as a "shape-shifter", for his creativity across musical genres. John has performed and recorded  with

David "Fat Head" Newman,  Pat Martino, Houston Person
and
Taj Mahal.
 Mr. di Martino is a  sought after musical director.

He has accompanied
Jon Hendricks, Keely Smith,
 Billy Eckstine
and Janis Siegel.  John's talents as arranger and pianist, can be heard on recordings with Gloria Lynn, and Grady Tate. John's discography includes many Grammy nominated cd's, among those are:


"L-O-V-E" with
 Isaac Delgado, "Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B",
and "Live And In Clave" with
 Bobby Sanabria.

John di Martino was a long time member of Ray Barretto's "New World Spirit",  John is a featured pianist and arranger on several of Mr. Barretto's recordings including: "Portraits In Jazz And Clave"

( featuring James Moody, Kenny Burrell, Joe Lovano and Steve Turre) and the Grammy nominated, CD: "Contact". Born in Philadelphia, Pa; John studied with Lennie Tristano and Don Sebesky.  

"John"s
soul and being come straight through to his music,
the jazz world needs him!
"
- Sheila Jordan
 (NEA Jazz Master)

"John Di Martino
is one of my absolute personal favorite pianists of today. His music is an honest outpouring of light.-
Benny Green
 ( Jazz Pianist )



SEGMENT 3 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back to the Romantic Jazz Pianist, Composer & Arranger...JOHN DI MARTINO!...this being Part 3 of our 7 part Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Series for the month of September 2016!

  OL:
Good to see you back John, we enjoy having you on Oceanlight Records, again, as our special Guest Artist this month.Your tenure working with the world renowned Latin Jazz Percussionist, the late Ray Barretto, must have been magical?

  John di Martino:
- I learned so much playing and recording with Ray Barretto

 OL:
As a member of Ray Barretto's 'New World Spirit', we get to feature a couple of our favorite tracks that you recorded with Ray's group. "Lamento Borincano," and "Like Sonny," both tracks from his "PORTRAITS IN JAZZ and CLAVE" CD.Tell us about the recording sessions for this album, also featuring Guest Musicians, Kenny Burrell, Steve Turre, & Joe Lovano, among others?

  John di Martino:
- I really enjoyed writing the feature for Eddie Gomez:
"Lament Borincano", it also features Kenny Burrel


 OL:
What is your fondest memory of working as a member of Ray Barretto's 'New World Spirit' Group?

 John di Martino:
- I remember the first night I played with Ray Barretto:
I was subbing on a 2 week your of Europe for his
current pianist at that time who had a problem getting his visa,
so I was hired at the last minute, with no rehearsal, I was playing with Ray for the first time at the New Morning Club in Paris! I remember him looking at me not knowing what to expect, but at the end of the night he said to me: "you brought a new dimension to the music, for that I thank you". We became instant friends and a year later, when the chair opened up, I joined the band !


  OL:
Let's go around the R&B bend, for a moment.Chico DeBarge of the famed DeBarge Musical Dynasty Family, has is own unique sound, just like his brother the great El DeBarge. How did you come to collaborate with Chico and on what tune?

  John di Martino:
- I work for producer, Joshua Paul Thompson, with Josh I have played and arranged for cd's with Joe Thomas ( "JOE" ) & Chico De Barge, Chico has a very unique conceptual approach to his music.
 

OL:
Some Jazz Musicians like to venture out into other genres. Then, there are the Jazz Purists.We can appreciate both sides. John, where are you with this, from a performing standpoint?

  John di Martino:
- I love all music, in the words of Arthur Rubinstein:
"there is no bad music, only bad specimens"
OL:
As for inspiration, who are some of your favorite Pianists?
 
John di Martino:
- my favorite pianists:
Herbie Hancock,
Bill Evans,
Hank Jones and many more !

  OL:
Destination: Touring.John you've toured all over the world.Share with us some of your favorite spots?
 
John di Martino:
I love touring in Japan !
 
OL:
For Clubs that you've played in Japan, what kinds of sets do you find that really wows the crowd over there? 

John di Martino:
-
Japanese audiences are very responsive, jazz represent a kind of cultural freedom for them, it's a spiritual release that they need and enjoy !

  OL:
We understand that fellow Pianists, like Keith Jarrett, don't like to play electric.When performing John, on your own gigs, do you sometimes alternate to playing on the electric keyboards, or only a grand piano will do its thing for you?

  John di Martino:
- I play keyboards as well, but my main instrument is the piano !

  OL:
In your heart of hearts, what the best part about being, and living the life of a Musician?

John di Martino:
 As a musician you can tune into the spirit realm and enter peoples hearts directly !

  OL:
Thank you very much John, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.We look forward on September15, 2016, to Part 4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Series; having 'one-word answers' fun with Jazz Pianist JOHN DI MARTINO... join us again, soon!

  OL:
Thank you all for visitingOL's Oceanliner Notes Series!


SEGMENT 5 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back to our OL Readers!... This being Part 5 of our 7 part Interview for
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series for the month of September 2016!
 

OL:
In this life, an Artist can have that one great song or musical moment; but
it's true strength is realized in the arrangement.
In this segment, Romantic Jazz Pianist, Composer & Arranger great. JOHN DI MARTINO
will share with OL, his phenomenal arranging technique on some of his
finest recordings...
 

OL:
Let us here at OL first say John, that your performance and great arrangement of the classic
"Emily" is truly a masterpiece personified. Simply gorgeous!
We couldn't help but feature this as the first track on the OL Playlist Interview set.
What went into your arranging this recording and what elements did draw on to achieve this beautiful effect?
 

John di Martino:
That recording was an improvised first take,
I am always thinking like an arranger with an overview of the "arc" of the music, by that I mean taking the tune on a journey

 
OL:
The unique & graceful overtones at the end of the Emily" track,
are many a splendored thing to listen to and enjoy. How does 'sponteneity' itself, fit into your arranging song?

 
John di Martino:
As a jazz musician we strive to open ourselves up to our inner voice and be "authentic" to what that voice is saying in the moment, we try not to judge it, as Lenny Tristano told me:
"don't try to make it happen, let it happen!"

 
OL:
What type of pieces are your working on at current?
 

John di Martino:
I just finished a writing a program of orchestral arrangements for Freddy Cole, we performed them at the Detroit Jazz Festival on Sept 4.
I am performing many all Strayhorn programs featuring Paquito D'Rivera on clarinet, in arranging the Staryhorn the challenge is to tastefully find ways to adapt some of the many ballads to more up tempos and subtle grooves. I am currently working on a project with a singer from Iran creating arrangements of Persian Folk Songs, I am re-imagining them with Latin and R & B grooves, though the project has an exotic new age feeling!

 
OL:
When working with Singers, do you like to arrange as you rehearse,
or do you concentrate, away from the spotlight? 
 

John di Martino:
I respond in a different way to every singer I work with,
so when I rehearse with them I get many ideas based on there unique concept, I feel it is the goal of the arranger to help bring out the unique identity of each individual artist.

 
OL:
As for great Singers, there's no one on the planet quite like the
smooth baritone Jazz Legend Mr. Billy Eckstine!
John, please do us the honor of telling our OL Readers on how you came
to work with the "Jelly, Jelly" man?
 

John di Martino:
Mr. 'B' and his pianist Bobby Tucker we're very kind to me,
both mentors. I did some gigs with them playing orchestral parts on synth. Bobby Tucker introduced me to the great song that Billy Strayhorn composed for Lena Horne: " A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing"

 
OL:
Now John, you're a New York/New Jersey based Musician.
Tell us about some of your favorite Club Venues that you've played in with your Trio and other
Artists?
 

John di Martino:
I love playing at Jazz At The Kitano, Gino Morati curates the jazz series and he has a great Steinway that he takes excellent care of, he has a piano technician form Hungary: Arpad Maklary who is a really great!
I also love playing at Mezzrow another great Steinway!


OL:
Do you like switching up the repertoire at
Night Clubs, depending upon the mood of the audience?

 
John di Martino:
Yes, I am always changing repertoire.


OL:
On the standard classic "L-O-V-E" recording that you did with
Grammy Cuban Singer Isaac Delgado, for Sony Masterworks, serves up a nice light salsa
arrangement, which really shows your love of latin jazz in your playing.
 Did you grow up listening any salsa music?
 

John di Martino:
I fell in love with Afro-Cuban music when I was in high school, I started to play in my first salsa band in Philly when I was 15 years old, so Latin music is a big part of my formative years, I reconnected with the Latin scene many years later in New York, I played at the Rainbow Room when I moved to New York in 1988, I was in a band lead by  the great flute player from Panama: Mauricio Smith, bassist Victor Venegas ( form the original Mongo Santa Maria group ) and the great Cuban percussionist : Virgilio Martii. Some years later I began to play and record with: Bobby Sanabria, Carlos Patato Valdez, Ray Barretto, Juan Pablo Torres etc...
As for the project with Issac Del Gado:
The producers: ( film maker ) Fernando Trueba & Nat Chediak called me because they knew my work with Ray Barretto and with Freddy Cole as this was a latin tribute to Nat King Cole!
 

OL:
Your hometown Philadelphia is rich in history & music.
There must have been no shortage of inspiration all around.
 Tell us about where music all began for you?
 

John di Martino:
In Philly I had a chance to explore every kind of music:
Classical, Jazz, Gospel, R & B, Disco ( in the 70's ),
I studied drums for a short time at 7 years old, I piked up music again at 12 studying the violin, at that time I got really into playing blues on the violin and harmonica,
I was very inspired by English Blues Artist: John Mayall. This was my introduction to improvisation!
My older brother James was always playing theatre music and classical music at home, I still have a strong emotional reaction when I hear West Side Story !
He turned me on to Frank Zappa, and this some how lead me to my interest in Jazz, I wanted to go "beyond" just playing the blues and understand more complex harmony.
I always gravitated to the piano, but I didn't commit to it until i was 15 years old, I began to play with a wedding band studying with a famous with Philly legend: Jimmie Amadie.
 

OL:
Was the piano your first instrument growing up?
 

John di Martino:
My mother ( Chickie Di Martino ) is an amateur singer and avid Jazz fan, we would spend time going through fake books and she would point out to me so many great tunes, so I had a big repertoire very early on, and a lot of experience as an accompanist!

 
OL:
Thanks once again John, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
On Septermber 25, 2016. Part 6 of 7 of the Oceanliner Notes Series,
gets know what's upcoming on Jazz Pianist Composer & Arranger JOHN DI MARTINO'S
musical plate... including his favorite Philly cheese steak!
See you all soon!
 

OL:
Thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series!

SEGMENT 4 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back, John! This being Part 4 of our 7 part Interview for  OL's Oceanliner Notes Series for the month of September 2016.
 
OL:
As promised, we're we're going to feature our customary 'one word' Interview question to You, John, and if you can you please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors.
Sometimes less is more, as they say!!
Ok, here we go, John!
 
OL:
Moon?
 
John di Martino:
 - jewel
 
OL:
Eyes Closed?
 
John di Martino:
- sound
 
OL:
Movie?
 
John di Martino:
- image
 
OL:
Trio?
 
John di Martino:
- conversation
 
OL:
Distance?
 
John di Martino:
- relative
 
OL:
Sustain?
 
John di Martino:
- colors
 
OL:
Golden?
 
John di Martino:
- sun
 
OL:
Play?
 
John di Martino:
- live
 
OL:
Stage?
 
John di Martino:
- magic
 
OL:
Philadelphia?
 
John di Martino:
- history
 
Thank you, John. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Series,
On our next OL Segment, Celebrated Jazz Pianist JOHN DI MARTINO returns and we get to
find out about John's Arranging technique and some stories about working with more greats, including
Singer Legend Billy Eckstine, & also John's recording, "Love," for (Sony Masterworks) with Cuban singer,  Isaac Delgado... You won't want to mis this...  so, come back on September 20, 2016! Thank you.
SEGMENT 6 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back John!
this being Part 6 of our 7 part Interview for
Oceanliner Notes Series at OL's for the month of August 2016!
Welcome back to our Special Guest Artist Jazz Pianist JOHN DI MARTINO!
 
OL:
oK John, first things first.
Your favorite Philly cheese steak Place, from your
hometown of Philadelphia?
 
John di Martino:
- It's always been a toss up between : "Pat's" & "Gino's",
 
OL:
New York City is great for eating out, but we will yield
only to a good Philly cheese steak!

John di Martino:
I favored "Pat's" with lots of hot peppers. It was a popular "after gig snack". When Bill Clinton was campaigning for president in South Philadelphia, he held a Pat's Steak in one hand and a Gino's Steak in the other hand and said he still could not decide!
 
OL:
New York City however, has produced some of the best music
in the world.... And John, you're no exception; having worked with
the Legendary Sax Players, Paquito D'Rivera and Houston Person, respectively.K

John di Martino:
- I have learned a lot of tunes and the verses with Houston, He is a real "tune smith" ! We met recording together with Freddy Cole.
 
OL:
Hey John... nice feature of you on Soulful Tenor Sax Legend Houston Person's Sondheim Medley
'Small World/Anyone Can Whistle' recording from his "SO NICE" CD. This free-flowing duo version breezes
with breadth and depth, into these Broadway classics.
What has been the best part about working with Houston Person?
 
John di Martino:
I have made many cd's with Houston, all we're recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's Studio in Englewood, NJ.
 
OL:
Cuba's and NYC based... the one & only
Paquito D'Rivera was once a Guest on OL's
WVOX Radio Show. What an honor once again, to
highlight another great Artist that you've worked with
 ,John. What recordings and/or performances did you work with
M. D'Rivera on?
 
John di Martino:
- I have been performing an all Billy Strayhorn Program with Paquito D'Rivera. In this program he plays only clarinet.

We have plans to record this repertoire. Paquito is a virtuoso clarinet player ! We met many years ago recording with Bobby Sanabria on the cd: "NYC ACHE", later we played a concert at the Jazz A Marciac Festival in France with Ray Barretto. There is a film of this concert with interviews.
 
OL:
We love Mr. D'Rivera orchestral use
of strings, in many of his recordings.
And in your own recording, 'Valse Triste';
 the string player weaves in and out nicely between
your wonderfully intricate chords.
Tell us about this session?
 
John di Martino:
- Valse Triste is from my cd of all original music: "Bird's Of The Heart". It is my my most personal work yet. I plan to write more again in the future. There is another piece for violin and piano on this cd: "Reflections In A Japanese Bath", you can find a beautiful image montage video on You Tube, made by Sarah James.

OL:
Some Musicians feel that they have to practice
24-7 to get to the next level. However Jazz Trumpeter Legend,
Miles Davis, once Interviewed on TV that he only like to touch his
Trumpet just to know that its there. John, what would be the best
practicing regimen that world best  for you as an Artist?
 
John di Martino:
- I don't practice on days that I will perform or record. I want to meet the instrument fresh, and save all my musical creative energy for the main event. I have some maintenance practice
regimens: I play a ballad in all keys changing the style in each key, I play a be-bop line in all keys in using various kinds of "touch" at the piano, I have an exercise for the week fingers, and a left hand chord exercise, and I practice some sight reading.
 
OL:
Another area of the world that you've toured would be
Republic of China.
Where would you like to tour, where you haven't toured before?
 
John di Martino:
- There are some places I would really like to see that I have not yet had the chance to tour:
Sweden, Norway, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia,
and some more….

OL:
Ok John, what's upcoming music projects will you be working on?
 
John di Martino:
-I will be performing a tribute to Billy Strayhorn with Paquito D'Rivera at Night Town in Cleveland on Oct 13.
I will be at the Jazz Standard with Houston Person:
Nov 10 through 13.
 
OL:
In summary for this segment, we would like to thank you once again, John,
for the wonderful work that You and Freddy Cole did on OL's
'Timeless Dance', the feature track song on Screen Media Films
"WEDDING BROS.", Nice Work! Thank you.
 
OL:
Thanks so much John, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
6 of 7 segment?
On, August 30, 2016. Part 7 of 7 Closing Segment of the Oceanliner Notes Series, will return,
with Jazz Pianist Composer & Arranger JOHN DI MARTINO!
Giving us his closing commentary on what it means to be
a Musician always evolving... Come back in a few days, OL Readers!
 
OL:
Thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Series!
SEGMENT 7 OF 7

OL:
Welcome Back, John! having You on OL, this being Part 7 of our OL Interview for the Oceanliner Notes Series,
has been super!!
And now, we've come to the closing segment of this Interview OL feature,
 
OL:
John, OL is all the more abundant in knowledge, with your fantastic sounds and Career highlights featured.
You're always welcome here at Oceanlight Records.
In keeping with your track 'Birds Of the heart'...
your Piano Artistry it truly the 'keys to many hears..;
Keep playing JOHN DI MARTINO! Okay John, if you will, please give us your closing liner notes on importance of performing 'live' show, today.,
and your closing music commentary quote? Thank you.

John di Martino:
I think it's important to seek to develop your own unique voice.
We all have a unique voice as we all have a unique face and finger print! This is the natural beauty of life! Although It is true that we learn thorough imitation, I see many young players today stuck in the phase of imitation, and there is a large arena of the music business that encourages this situation. Young artists are discouraged to create original music. No matter how well you imitate, your out put will never match the energy and the life of the original !

John di Martino:
I want to thank OL for giving me the opportunity to do this interview!