Martee LeBow........... lead vocals
Irwin Fisch.................. keyboards, horn arrangements
Larry Saltzman......... guitar, banjo, vocals
Ira Siegel.................... guitar, mandolin, vocals
John Siegler............... bass, vocals
Frank Vilardi............... drums, percussion
Art Baron.................... trombone
Jack Bashkow........... baritone saxophone, clarinet
Crispin Cio.................. tenor saxophone
Trevor Neumann....... trumpet
Dana Calitri................. background vocals
Carolee Goodgold..... background vocals
Curtis King.................. background vocals
Robbie Kondor........... harmonica
Produced by The Mar-tays and Larry Alexander
Recorded and Mixed by Larry Alexander at Studio "L" (Valley Cottage, NY)
May 16, 2012 – The Mar-Tays, a band of some of New York City’s most illustrious recording and touring musicians, are proud to celebrate the release of their first CD. Members of The Mar-Tays have recorded and performed with artists as diverse as Hall and Oates, Whitney Houston, Simon & Garfunkel, Bette Midler, Peter Allen, Beyoncé, Jennifer Holiday and Luther Vandross, to mention just a few. Their eclectic music – greasy, bluesy, rollicking and soulful – was forged by thousands of hours of recording sessions and concerts. Featuring the incendiary vocals of Martee LeBow, the Mar-Tays’ impassioned virtuosity and unique arrangements breathe new life into classic songs.
Martee LeBow (vocals) was a singer at birth, pianist at 3, songwriter at 10 and recording artist at 19. Her critically acclaimed debut album, The Lady Wants to be a Star, was produced by the legendary Charlie Calello and featured such New York session royalty as Will Lee, The Brecker Brothers and John Tropea. She was eventually signed to Atlantic Records, where she wrote songs with the likes of Will Jennings, Keith Reid and Jim Messina, releasing the albums Crimes of the Heart and Love’s a Liar. Along the way, Martee has enjoyed a successful studio-singing career, performed extensively as a backup vocalist with other artists, and sung her way around the globe with the world music band Alabina and Ishtar. She has also enraptured 20,000 unruly sports fans at Madison Square Garden, singing the national anthem for the Knicks and Rangers.
Martee is proud to be the lead singer of The Mar-Tays, who recklessly adapted her name to pay homage to their roots in soul, rock, rhythm-and-blues and a scintillating stew of regional styles.
Irwin Fisch (piano) has played keyboards or written arrangements for Bette Midler, Celine Dion, Beyonce, Darlene Love, Shawn Colvin, Tom Scott, Tom Rush, Woody Allen, Peter Allen, Peter Paul & Mary, Bernadette Peters, Chuck Berry, Harry Connick Jr., Jimmy Webb, Elmo, Run-DMC, Harry Belafonte, Kathy Lee Gifford, Marvin Hamlisch, Joe Piscopo, Daniel Rodriguez, Aztec Two-Step, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (career peak) and others.
Irwin was nominated for an Emmy as musical director of ABC's Bye Bye Birdie telefilm, and a Grammy as producer of Marlo Thomas’s Thanks and Giving All Year Long. He composed the scores for 14 television movies, orchestrated several Tony-nominated Broadway shows, and writes arrangements annually for the Kennedy Center Honors and the Tony Awards. His broadcast appearances include Letterman, Leno, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Regis, The View, Rosie, Sajak, Martha, The Presidential Inauguration, the Daytime Emmy Awards, Christmas in Washington, Clash of the Choirs. He has also composed and performed on countless TV and radio commercials.
Larry Saltzman (guitar) has put the sigh in Simon and the funk in Garfunkel since joining S&G’s band in 2003. He has also performed live or on record with Garth Brooks, Bette Midler, David
Johansen, The Brecker Brothers, Michael Stipe, Jewel, The Blue Nile, Shawn Colvin, Bernadette Peters, Peter Allen, Chris Botti, Julia Fordham and droves more. He has been seen on TV as an occasional member of the Saturday Night Live house band, and on Letterman, Leno, The Today Show, Martha Stewart, Pat Sajak and elsewhere.
Larry has played for the Broadway shows Hairspray, Good Vibrations, Jersey Boys, The Wedding Singer, Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. He’s been heard playing anything with frets on scores of movie scores, including Doubt, The Departed, Two Weeks Notice, The Pink Panther, Mona Lisa Smile, Hairspray and Spanking the Monkey, and on many hundreds of TV and radio commercials.
Ira Siegel (guitar) has brought his explosive virtuosity to recordings by Whitney Houston, Madonna, Bette Midler, Cher, Celine Dion, Stevie Winwood, Freddie Jackson, Anita Baker, Carly Simon, Chaka Kahn, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, The System, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Luther Vandross, George Benson, Billy Ocean, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, Nona Hendryx, Sinead O’Connor, James Taylor, the Bee Gees, Laura Nyro, Jewel, Eartha Kitt, Vanessa Willliams, Debbie Gibson, Jennifer Holliday, Michael Bolton, Nancy Wilson, Gloria Estefan, Kashif, Kenny G, Scritti Politi, Melba Moore, Stephanie Mills, America, the Bacon Brothers.
Ira has performed live behind many of the same artists, plus Crosby Stills & Nash, Eagles, Bon Jovi, kd lang, Kathy Lee Gifford, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Laura Pausini and more. He has been seen and heard on Letterman, Leno, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View, Carson Daly, Craig Ferguson, Christmas in Washington and Clash of the Choirs. He has played on many movie scores and on commercials for every product ever invented.
John Siegler (bass) was a founding member of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia and a stalwart studio and touring freelancer. Working with Hall and Oates in their heyday, he created the iconic bass parts that propelled such hit records as Kiss On My List, You Make My Dreams, You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling, Everytime You Go Away, Private Eyes, I Can’t Go for That, and Did it in a Minute. John has also laid down the bottom line with Roger Daltry, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Jeff Beck, Meat Loaf, Yoko Ono, Paul Butterfield, the Edgar Winter Group, Desmond Child & Rouge, Tim Curry, Herbie Mann, Clarence Clemons, Joe Piscopo, Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, Carole King.
With nothing left to prove on the bottom, John has also embraced the higher frequencies, composing arranging, performing and producing prodigious amounts of music for television and feature film animation and advertising.
Frank Vilardi (drums) has played drums in the studio or on tour for Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Phoebe Snow, Bobby McFerrin, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Gloria Gaynor, Darlene Love, They Might Be Giants, Judy Collins, Rosanne Cash, Jewel, Curtis Stigers, The Roches, Willie Nile, Southside Johnny, Donny Osmond, David Broza, Freedy Johnston, The Bacon Brothers, Tom Rush, Lucy Kaplansky, Jim Carroll, Rosie O’Donnell, Martin Briley, Laura Pausini, Aztec Two-Step and more
Frank’s TV appearances include Letterman, Leno, the Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, Conan, The View, Regis, Arsenio and Top of the Pops. He has also played on dozens of film soundtracks and hundreds of commercials.
Grammy-winning engineer Larry Alexander co-produced The Mar-Tay’s eponymous debut CD. Larry began his career at 914 Studios recording such superstars as Bruce Springsteen and Janis Ian. After many years as a staff engineer at Power Station Studios, Larry began a prodigious freelance career, working extensively in the U.S. and abroad recording music for albums, film, TV and advertising.
Contact: Irwin Fisch (917)414-0753 / Leland@nyc.rr.com