The Andy Martin Quintet will perform the music of the great trombone duo, J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding (J & K.), with Andy Martin and Francisco Torres on trombones, Tom Ranier on piano, Trey Henry on bass, and Ray Brinker on drums. Andy Martin is the paramount trombonist in L.A., first call for live performances, prestigious award events, studio recordings, motion picture soundtracks, live and recorded T.V. shows, and live theatre. Andy has recorded 12 CDs as a leader/co-leader, played on over 300 recordings, played on over 150 motion picture soundtracks, and has collaborated with top jazz artists like Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, Eric Marienthal, Stanley Turrentine, Horace Silver, and the big bands of Vic Lewis, Gordon Goodwin, Tom Kubis, Bill Holman, Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, Quincy Jones, Matt Cattingub, Bob Curnow, Patrick Williams, Sammy Nestico, Frank Capp, and many others. Andy has recorded with pop artists like The Pussy Cat Dolls, Coldplay, Michael Buble, performed on Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, Family Guy, American Dad, King Of The Hill, at the Grammys, the Emmys, the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Andy has influenced countless young musicians, and has been a guest artist and clinician at many colleges and universities. Andy currently teaches jazz trombone at U.S.C. Thornton School Of Music. Andy has over 325 Film and T.V. credits, and plays Yamaha instruments.
Trombonist Francisco Torres is a composer, arranger, and music director for the Grammy Award Winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. Francisco is a member of the big bands of Gordon Goodwin, John Beasley, and Clare Fischer. Francisco has performed on 3 Grammy award winning albums and on 5 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated albums. As a sideman, Francisco has recorded with dozens of diverse bands and musicians, recorded several motion picture soundtracks, played on live T.V. and award shows, worked with most of L.A.’s best big bands, and many great Latin music artists. Francisco has directed high school all-star bands, and has been commissioned by high schools, colleges, and universities. With Jose Rizo, Francisco created and conceived the Jazz On The Latin Side All-Stars, an ensemble of L.A.’s best latin jazz musicians. Francisco currently teaches at The Bob Cole Conservatory at Cal State University, Long Beach.
Pianist/Clarinetist Tom Ranier is a long time L.A. based studio and jazz musician, composer and arranger. Tom has worked with great artists like Dave Pike, Rod McKuen, Carmen McRae, Joey Bishop, Helen Reddy, Donna Summer, Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, John Heard, Sherman Ferguson, Pete Christlieb, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, George Coleman, Lew Tabackin, Lanny Morgan, Pat Senatore, Roger Neumann, Gabe Baltazar, Tom Talbert, Harvey Mason, Paul Kreibich, Frank Rosolino, Tony Bennett, Peter Donald, Abe Laboriel, Frank Capp, Rickey Woodard, Chuck Berghofer, Bob Cooper, Carl Saunders, and many others. Tom has worked on numerous T.V. shows and film soundtracks, including for Dancing With The Stars, The Simpsons, Disney, CBS, the Grammys, the Emmys, the Golden Globes, and winning media and soundtracks for Barbra Streisand, Shelly Bassey, Michael Feinstein, Christina Aguilera, Joe Pass, Placido Domingo, Natalie Cole, and many others. Tom’s approach as a pianist and jazz artist is a mix of Bud Powell’s complexities, Oscar Peterson’s bravura, blueness and ardent swing, Bill Evans’ chordal brilliance and exploratory harmonies, and Chick Corea’s intricate and beautiful melodies. The influence of Benny Goodman and Charlie Parker is in Tom’s playing and improvisation allows Tom to express what is deep within himself. Studio work keeps Tom’s playing fresh, and he feels working on different projects with different composers helps to broaden his scope, and makes him a better musician. Tom has taught music at Fullerton College, and at U.C.L.A. with guitar great, Kenny Burrell. Tom has recorded 4 CDs as a leader, played on many recording dates as a sideman, and authored a book, entitled, “Piano In The Rhythm”. Award winning bassist, Trey Henry, is a composer, producer, and arranger who has appeared on over 200 recordings, on countless jingles, and on dozens of T.V. shows and motion pictures. Trey has collaborated with
with 100’s of world class artists in both live and studio productions. Trey has worked with The L.A. Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the big bands of Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Gerald Wilson, at the Academys, the Emmys, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, Airto and Flora Purim, and everyone from Henry Mancini to Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt to Quincy Jones, Ray Charles to Maynard Ferguson, and Natalie Cole to Michel Legrand. Trey has been a 25 year member of Tierney Sutton’s Band with Christian Jacob and Ray Brinker, and together have recorded 11 CDs and received 6 Grammy nominations.
Drummer Ray Brinker studied, graduated, and performed at North Texas State University with the famed Grammy nominated One O’Clock Jazz Lab Band. Ray has worked with Maynard Ferguson, is a 25 year founding member of The Tierney Sutton Band, which has received 6 Grammy nominations, and is a member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. Ray has worked with dozens of top music artists and recorded on Ray Charles’ 8-time Grammy Award winning Album of the Year, “Genius Loves Company”. Ray has over a dozen T.V./Film credits, and with The Tierney Sutton Band, co-wrote, arranged, and performed the score for Clint Eastwood’s film “Sully”.