Events

Jan 28, 2018

Kathleen Battle's "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey" at John F. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Washington, DC

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle comes with a powerful program of songs and spirituals inspired by the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped bring 19th-century slaves to freedom. The five-time Grammy winner and opera star brings “remarkable freshness and beauty” (The New York Times) to this evening of classic spirituals and traditional pieces, including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Wade in the Water,” performed with the Chicago Freedom Singers, a hand-picked group of the city’s best vocal talent. Battle’s voice has been hailed as one of the “most beautiful in the world” by The Washington Post and “an agile, glimmering lyric soprano” by NPR.

Mar 02, 2018

Kathleen Battle's "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey" at Helzberg Hall in Kansas City MO

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle comes with a powerful program of songs and spirituals inspired by the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped bring 19th-century slaves to freedom. The five-time Grammy winner and opera star brings “remarkable freshness and beauty” (The New York Times) to this evening of classic spirituals and traditional pieces, including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Wade in the Water,” performed with the Chicago Freedom Singers, a hand-picked group of the city’s best vocal talent. Battle’s voice has been hailed as one of the “most beautiful in the world” by The Washington Post and “an agile, glimmering lyric soprano” by NPR.

Mar 29, 2018

Kathleen Battle's "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey" at the Great Hall, Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge, CA

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle comes with a powerful program of songs and spirituals inspired by the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped bring 19th-century slaves to freedom. The five-time Grammy winner and opera star brings “remarkable freshness and beauty” (The New York Times) to this evening of classic spirituals and traditional pieces, including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Wade in the Water,” performed with the Chicago Freedom Singers, a hand-picked group of the city’s best vocal talent. Battle’s voice has been hailed as one of the “most beautiful in the world” by The Washington Post and “an agile, glimmering lyric soprano” by NPR.

Apr 14, 2018

Kathleen Battle's "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey" at Meany Hall, UW Campus, Seattle, WA

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle comes with a powerful program of songs and spirituals inspired by the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped bring 19th-century slaves to freedom. The five-time Grammy winner and opera star brings “remarkable freshness and beauty” (The New York Times) to this evening of classic spirituals and traditional pieces, including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Wade in the Water,” performed with the Chicago Freedom Singers, a hand-picked group of the city’s best vocal talent. Battle’s voice has been hailed as one of the “most beautiful in the world” by The Washington Post and “an agile, glimmering lyric soprano” by NPR.

Jun 28, 2018

Kathleen Battle's "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey" at Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle comes with a powerful program of songs and spirituals inspired by the Underground Railroad, the secret network that helped bring 19th-century slaves to freedom. The five-time Grammy winner and opera star brings “remarkable freshness and beauty” (The New York Times) to this evening of classic spirituals and traditional pieces, including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Wade in the Water,” performed with the Chicago Freedom Singers, a hand-picked group of the city’s best vocal talent. Battle’s voice has been hailed as one of the “most beautiful in the world” by The Washington Post and “an agile, glimmering lyric soprano” by NPR.

Oct 19, 2017

Duo classical recital with Joel A. Martin at Suntory Hall

Kathleen Battle - Classical Recital - Tokyo Japan

Duo classical recital with Joel A. Martin

Not to be missed for any reason!

Oct 16, 2017

Duo classical recital with Joel A. Martin

Kathleen Battle - Classical Recital - Osaka Japan

Duo classical recital with Joel A. Martin at Osaka Symphony Hall

Not to be missed for any reason!

Nov 05, 2017

Kathleen Battle - Classical Recital at Michigan Opera Theater

Duo classical recital with pianist Joel A. Martin

Not to be missed for any reason!

Sep 30, 2017

Kathleen Battle's "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey"

At The Auditorium Theater with pianist Joel A. Martin accompanied by choir and special guests — in a recital of Spirituals inspired by the journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad.

Jun 18, 2017

Piano By Nature Series - Elizabethtown NY

Debut Concert and CD release of Friesen & Martin, The American Cello Piano Duo

Put two masters of classical, jazz, improvisation, and world music in a room to play and you get Eugene Friesen, cellist, and Joel A. Martin, pianist in an inspiring night of music making! Not to be missed!

Jun 17, 2017

Jazzical Solo Recital - Piano By Nature Series - Elizabethtown NY

The explosive solo concert of Jazzical, original piano works, and more with the Bentley, Joel A. Martin

May 13, 2017

To benefit St. Martin's Refugee Resettlement Ministry.

Bright Colors on a Dark Canvas Concert

Enjoy a concert featuring a variety of musical styles from renowned virtuoso artists led by four-time Grammy Award winner Eugene Friesen joined by Joel A. Martin and musicians from the Middle East: Kenan Adnawi, Layth Sidiq, Naseem Alatrash, and Tony Barhoum. Includes the premiere of a new composition, "Bright Colors on a Dark Canvas". Reception to follow. 

This event is given to benefit St. Martin's Refugee Resettlement Ministry.

Apr 28, 2017

for peace in our communities through the arts

Footsteps of Peace - Bridgeport - Concert

Joel A. Martin, creator and musical director, brings this highly acclaimed concert back for its second year! This spectacular concert boasts a memorable fusion of jazz, classical, rap and gospel music.  

 

It has been called "Woodstock with a Masters Degree" and this lively two-hour concert will both enlighten and entertain! 

 

Performing alongside Mr. Martin are:

 

Eugene Friesen, Cellist

Jolie Rocke Brown, Gospel Jazz Singer

Sharon Clark, Jazz Singer

With special guest artists: Roshay and AJ, an 18 year old Puerto Rican Rap duo from MA with a positive "Stop The Violence" message

***Just Announced***

Rick Reyes

 

The concert will also feature Josie Nadeau, Live Visual Artist and

MANY MORE!! 

 

Each year Footsteps of Peace pays tribute to a world humanitarian. This April we will honor the first African-American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Justice Marshall was a civil rights activist and was instrumental in ending legal segregation. 

 

"We make movies about Malcolm X, we get a holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, but everyday we live with the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall"

- The Washington Afro American newspaper, 1993

 

Follow the footsteps to the most inspiring musical event of the year!

The change starts with you

Apr 27, 2017

North Carolina Wesleyan College Dunn Center, Rocky Mount NC, 7:30pm

Tar River Swing Band with guest pianist, Joel Martin April 27, Dunn Center, 7:30 PM

Join the Tar River Swing Band and guest pianist, Joel Martin as they perform swing and jazz classics, Jazzical style!

Apr 11, 2017

with pianist and Jazzical creator Joel A. Martin

Jazzical Masterclasses and Workshops at Cal State Fullerton

Announcing the next Bentley-Jazzical sighting: Cal State Fullerton on this coming Monday and Tuesday. I will work with the jazz choir, give a lecture demonstration for the American Choral Director's Association, and work with the jazz piano students, and who knows what else will happen! All in one day!

Apr 01, 2017

with pianists Joel A. Martin and George Lopez

Sonicals Piano Duo at Bowdoin College

Jazzical Improvisations on Rachmaninoff Etudes Tableax, Bach Italian Concerto and more with Joel A. Martin and pianist George Lopez. It is the birth of SONICALS Piano Duo

Mar 27, 2017

Norfolk State University, VA

Kathleen Battle's "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey" - Norfolk VA

Hear the voice hailed as “one of the very few most beautiful in the world” (The Washington Post). Grammy Award-winning soprano Kathleen Battle takes the audience on a journey of hope and salvation in this concert that combines traditional spirituals like He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired, and Go Down Moses with the writings of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. Ms. Battle’s performance is backed by the mighty Norfolk State University Choir.

Mar 16, 2017

Featuring Jazzical improvisations of Kyrgyz Folk Songs by Joel A. Martin

Kyrgyz American Foundation Inaugural Concert - Merkin Concert Hall NYC

Featuring Aza Sydykov and Joel A. Martin, piano; Nikoleta Rallis, soprano; Perizat Kopobaeva, komuz; Jonathan Levin, piano; Nurmira Greenberg, cello; Kairy Koshoeva, piano; Elvira Abdilova, komuz

Kyrgyz American Foundation presents its inaugural event in NYC, a concert of classical and traditional music from Kyrgyzstan. The program includes New York premieres of music by Atai Ogonbaev, Niyazaaly, Kalyi Moldobasanov, Tashtan Ermatov, Michael Burshtin, Jyldyz Maldybaeva, Muratbek Begaliev, George Gershwin, Jonathan Levin and Eric Thomson

Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyzstan is a young sovereign country located in the heart of Central Asia, but its traditions stretch back to the ancient Silk Road civilizations of Eurasia. “Through our unique artistic and educational programs and events, we seek not only to strengthen Kyrgyz identity here in the States, but to enrich the already diverse culture of this country with something new and fresh,” says Aza Sydykov, the Foundation’s President.

Mar 10, 2017

One Week Residency Program

Jazzical Residency at Indiana University South Bend

One week working with chamber music ensembles, piano students, faculty and staff, the jazz band, and a Jazzical concert featuring the works of Joel A. Martin

Mar 04, 2017

University of Washington Seattle

Meany Hall Gala featuring Jazzical with Joel A. Martin and Pilobolous

The Jazzical brand reaches new audiences as Jazzical is presented in a 20 minute mini-concert for Meany Hall's Annual Gala Ball. Not to be missed!

Feb 25, 2017

Cabaret performance with Joel A. Martin and singer Antonio Watts

Antonio Watts and Joel Martin at the Metropolitan Room NYC

If you like the Great American Songbook interpreted and sung in the Jazzical style be there!

Jan 16, 2017

Bennington Vermont

Jazzical at Sonata Piano Camp

3 days giving lessons, a masterclass and solo piano concert for participants in Sonata Piano Camp, run by Polly Van Der Linde. Joel A. Martin is a faculty member there.

Feb 02, 2017

Christ Church, Park Ave, NYC

Lester Lynch in concert with the NY Childrens Chorus

Lester Lynch presents his first solo album "On My Journey Now" spirituals & hymns in Partnership with "Sing for Hope" founded by Camille Zamora & Monica Yunus joined by pianist Joel A. Martin and "The Young People's Chorus of New York"  Artistic Director/Founder Francisco J. Núñez,, conductor. 

Feb 07, 2017

with special guest Joel A. Martin

St Lukes Church - Welcome The Refugee, Darien CT

Saint Luke's Parish invites the community to "Welcome the Refugee: A Night of Prayer, Poetry, Art and Song" on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 pm in the church, located at 1864 Post Road in Darien.

Two weeks ago, Saint Luke’s welcomed a Syrian refugee family to the United States. In a matter of days, the door of immigration to this country was slammed shut on refugees from Syria and six other Muslim-majority nations. In response, the parish is gathering the community to offer compassionate welcome and embrace to its sponsored refugee family as well as to the more than 800 refugee families welcomed to Connecticut in the past year.

And because Muslims have been singled out for exclusion, this event expresses strong affirmation of our Muslim brothers and sisters. Poems and songs—some in Arabic, sung by recent refugee Mohammed Almassri—celebrates our oneness. 

All are welcome, regardless of faith, sexuality, gender, race, national origin or ability.

Jan 01, 2020

Jazzical Masterclass and Workshop at Bowdoin College, Maine

Two days of workshops, lessons and masterclasses with piano students from Bowdoin College!

Oct 16, 2015

Alys Stephens Center, Birmingham AL

Kathleen Battle's "The Underground Railroad: A Journey of Spirituals"

The Battle/Martin combination with a selected choir doing spirituals in all kinds of genres...there are no words to explain the magic. You have to come and be a witness!

Jan 30, 2016

Eastman School of Music, Kodak Hall, Rochester NY

Kathleen Battle's "The Underground Railroad: A Journey of Spirituals"

The Battle/Martin combination with a selected choir doing spirituals in all kinds of genres...there are no words to explain the magic. You have to come and be a witness!

Mar 06, 2016

Temple Beth El - 3:00 PM

Footsteps of Peace - Uhuru Baba - West Palm Beach FL

Joel A. Martin's Footsteps of Peace (formerly known as Footsteps of Mandela), a musical production promoting peace through the arts, and Debbie Cohn's Uhuru Baba (Freedom Father) will join forces in concert in West Palm Beach FL featuring music from Stan Satlin's Auratorio Americana and Joel A. Martin's "Requiem for Peace"

Apr 16, 2016

University of Kentucky at Richmond

Kathleen Battle's "The Underground Railroad: A Journey of Spirituals"

The Battle/Martin combination with the American Spiritual Ensemble re-creating spirituals in all kinds of genres...there are no words to explain the magic. You have to come and be a witness!

Jazzical Rocks!

The jazz ensembles of Enloe Arts Magnet HS and Southeast Raleigh High School with be playing alongside Jazzical creator Joel Martin in concert, the culmination of a week-long Jazzical residency.

 

Then the Jazzical Trio will perform live for an hour in what will be a barnbusting event not to be missed.

May 29, 2016

Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto Canada, 3pm

Kathleen Battle's "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey"

Roy Thomson Hall presents The Underground Railroad that explores traditional slave spirituals and the writings of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, taking the audience on a journey through the spirituals and hymns that express suffering, salvation and freedom.

 

Five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Kathleen Battle and The Nathaniel Dett Chorale join forces to present a program that explores traditional slave spirituals and the writings of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, taking the audience on a journey through the spirituals and hymns that express suffering, salvation and freedom.

Oct 22, 2016

Klein Memorial Auditorium - 3:00 PM

Footsteps of Peace - Bridgeport CT

Joel A. Martin's Footsteps of Peace (formerly known as Footsteps of Mandela), a musical production promoting peace through the arts featuring music from Stan Satlin's Auratorio Americana and Joel A. Martin's "Requiem for Peace"

Oct 23, 2016

3:00 PM

Footsteps of Peace - Hartford CT

Joel A. Martin's Footsteps of Peace (formerly known as Footsteps of Mandela), a musical production promoting peace through the arts featuring music from Stan Satlin's Auratorio Americana and Joel A. Martin's "Requiem for Peace"

Nov 13, 2016

LIVE AT THE MET with Joel A. Martin, pianist

Kathleen Battle's "Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey"

After 22 years The triumphant and historic return concert of MET Opera superstar Kathleen Battle, with Joel A. Martin, piano, and a professional 25-voice choir.

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