Twenty-seven year old pianist T.J. Martley is quickly becoming one of the top call pianists in Kansas City. Since graduating from William Jewell College in 2007, he has shared the stage with national icons of jazz Bobby Watson, Sean Jones, Javon Jackson, Brad Mason, Elliot Mason, Dave Pietro, Matt Otto, Mike Metheny and Wycliffe Gordan. Known for his eclectic be-bop style, the pianist's improvisations are reminiscent of Lennie Tristano, Bud Powell, and Keith Jarrett. The pianist can be seen regularly at local jazz hot spots with Kansas City jazz artists such as The Goombahles, Crosscurrent, Megan Birdsall, Steve Lambert Quartet, Rich Wheeler Quartet, Shay Estes, Bryan Hicks Quartet, Stan Kessler and Stephanie Laws.
I graduated from William Jewell College in 2007 with a degree in Jazz Studies (Performance, Theory, History, and Composition). Throughout my college days I had the opportunity to study the theory, piano techniques, and history of both the classical and jazz world. In my time spent at the practice room, I have devised methods for practicing that I think are effective. These methods were developed by exploring a wide variety of classical and jazz methods (as well as using a little common sense). I hope you enjoy my articles as well as my posted playing. Feel free to message me with requests, suggestions, or input from your own practice routines!
(Image courtesy of Javonne Films and Photography)