ARMAND ST. MARTIN is a native New Orleanian whose sizzling New Orleans piano style and Louisiana oriented original songwriting captures the imagination of his listening audience with ease as well as zest. He has been performing his popular original show regularly at the Ritz Library Lounge since its renovations were completed for the elegant reopening after Katrina.
St. Martin became a lead singer in 1984, after having performed as a band member since age 14. He studied Music Theory at Tulane and Loyola Universities and studied Music for Dance at Wolftrap Academy for the Arts in Washington, D.C. St. Martin took the Master Class in Film-Scoring at UCLA on an ASCAP Scholarship.
St. Martin recorded with Nashville songster Julie Didier, and also toured in a band backing up songwriter Micheal Smotherman for Epic Records. They toured the US, including St. Martin being filmed with the other band members in Smotherman\'s classic pre-MTV HBO-video \"Crazy In Love\" which can be viewed on YOUTUBE! This Epic Records tour also involved performing for Andy Warhol at the famous Bottom Line in NYC.
St. Martin\'s own YOUTUBE videos can be seen by accessing Armand St. Martin on the internet. Patty Lee made the YOUTUBE film for St. Martin\'s \"Back In New Orleans\". NOA-TV and Elton Jones made the YOUTUBE film for St. Martin\'s \"Must Be the Mardi Gras\" filmed at Mardi Gras World.
A true Southern Gentleman, St. Martin has performed in New Orleans (either with his 8-piece band, The Bayou Bohemians, or solo on piano) in venues ranging from the outdoor entrance of the Superdome before a Saint\'s game, to Mardi Gras World for a free birthday party for a fellow musician (1200 people attended).
St. Martin has frequently played Tipitina\'s - both uptown and downtown. He was in the crowd of party-goers that first held the Alligator Balls which eventually evolved into Tipitina\'s. This CD is dedicated to the founders of the Alligator Ball - Peggy, Jeanne and Georgia.
Since Katrina, St. Martin has also sizzled on piano at Rosy\'s Jazz Hall, Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar, Ernst Cafe, Tujaques, St. Anna\'s Musicians Helping Musicians, and the Ogden Museum where he played keyboards with legendary rockabilly hall of famer, Jay Chevalier.
St. Martin has also performed at Rock ‘n’ Bowl, including also guesting on keyboards for Marva Wright at her very first \"Welcome Back Home\" show there. He has entertained at Cafe Reconcile for the “Chefs to Watch” fundraiser with this year\'s fundraiser at Harrah\'s Main Theatre. He\'s also performed at UNO, various private parties for carnival organizations during Mardi Gras, the Fairgrinds, at LSU for their Mardi Gras special event, and also at the New Orleans Country Club.
St. Martin also headlined at the Broadmoor Fest (with Fats Domino\'s drummer, Ernest “Box” Fontenot) and has performed with his band, The Bayou Bohemians, at Jazz Fest.
On keyboards, St. Martin helped spearhead a Midnight Jam every Saturday (midnight-3 am) at Antoinette and Ernie K-Doe\'s Mother In Law Lounge which featured many New Orleans luminaries and legends returning to New Orleans after Katrina.
He was a featured artist at the First New Orleans Blues Festival (with guest players in his band of Guitar Slim, Jr. and Ernest \"Box\" Fontenot of Fats Domino), funded by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
Among other engagements, St. Martin has packed The Pontchartrain Hotel\'s Bayou Bar, and played for the ACE program for Alzheimer\'s at the JCC and the United Way\'s ARC program for challenged adults, along with shows at the Columns Hotel Jazz Brunches, the Parkway Bakery and Tavern, the Cabildo, the Presbytere, Basin Street Station and the RITZ-CARLTON NEW ORLEANS.
St. Martin was honored to open for Irma Thomas on her birthday at Generations Hall - just a week before she won her Grammy - where he also played solo for Irma\'s Patron\'s Party at a fundraiser for Grace House at Generations Hall prior to her birthday party.
Along with performing at various other New Orleans music venues, St. Martin has played in-store shows at the Louisiana Music Factory and the now-closed Tower Records. He has also been a return guest on many local shows, and his music has been featured in entertainment circles including WWL-TV\'s \"Morning Show\" (where he occasionally guests as a one-man-house-band), WDSU\'s \"Six on Your Side\" with Norman Robinson, WDSU-TV with Alec Gifford, WYES with Peggy Laborde, Frank Davis \"Naturally N\'Awlins\", the Preservation Channel (internet), WWOZ, WIST, and WWNO, to list a few.
He\'s also served at the Roving Reporter from New Orleans for special events like Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras for HOOAY Radio that goes out to all our military at home and abroad.
St. Martin\'s special event entertainment activities include but are not limited to such shows as \"Katrina Kapers\" (a fundraiser for Tipitina\'s Foundation), Jazz Fest at McGehee School, the New Orleans Press Club\'s Grid Iron Show, the Holiday Tour of Homes for the Preservation Resource Center (he played grand piano in the Vinson Mansion plus others).
St. Martin and Patty Lee (a busy husband and wife team) also have created and produced other various special event entertainment projects including their \"Dyin\' To Get In\" music series fundraiser for the Musicians Tomb Fund; their annual \"Katrina Artistically Revisited\" memorial event created in honor of those lives lost or changed by Katrina and presented at The Landmark Canal Place Theatre in New Orleans every Katrina anniversary eve; their legislative attempts to help musicians receive airplay called AIR (Access In Radio); their fundraising efforts for \"Musicians For Other Musicians\" which was established in the 1980\'s to help fellow musicians in need; their legislative efforts to stop cemetery artifact theft including writing and producing the first PSA ever on the subject featuring spokeswoman Anne Rice; and Music Curating (and producing the music for the gala and also Armand performing for the gala) for the special Katrina exhibit, \"40 Days 40 Nights\" at the Louisiana Music Archives in Baton Rouge.
St. Martin\'s original song, \"Storyville\" is featured on the TV series, \"K-Ville\".
St. Martin\'s song, \"Orleans Lullaby\" is featured on Chris Madden\'s DVD, \"Project Katrina\".
St. Martin performed \"Orleans Lullaby\" live for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie\'s Make It Right Foundation\'s Pink Project in the Lower Ninth Ward for their kick-off press conference.
He also performs \"Orleans Lullaby\" annually for \"Katrina Artistically Revisited\" at the Canal Place Cinema Theatre in New Orleans (produced by Patty Lee and Armand St. Martin).
St. Martin shares his music where people want it and need it - which has also includes Post Katrina appearances ranging from soup kitchens in Chalmette to nursing homes around New Orleans to private parties on St. Charles Avenue and in uptown New Orleans. No booking is too large or too small for him.
When the Ritz reopened, Armand St. Martin and his Bayou Bohemians played Thursdays in the French Quarter Bar, and he performed in the Library Lounge every Friday and Saturday nights. He also performed in the Melange and the On Trois several times solo, and he played piano with one of Marva Wright’s shows in the Melange. After the French Quarter Bar closed, St. Martin began his regular Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the Library Lounge, with several Ritz Sunday Brunches occasionally added into his musical gumbo. ARMAND ST. MARTIN IS A TRUE MUSICAL RITZ EXPERIENCE.
St. Martin has performed many out of town shows not mentioned above, including Pittsburgh, NYC and Upstate NY, Los Angeles and Hollywood, San Francisco and Northern California, Oregon, and Vermont, Chicago, to list a few.
See his website at www.ArmandSt.Martin.com for more information regarding details of St. Martin\'s musical career or check out www.PattyLeeRecords.com.
With released CDs, \"Alligator Ball\",\"Sizzlin\'\", and \"Katrina Anthem\", and his custom-one-song CDs \"Contraflow\" (with brother Ed St. Martin) and \"Last Time in Texas\"), his EP cassette called \"Be Your Own Parade\", and his single vinyl, \"Must Be the Mardi Gras\" and \"St. Expedite\", St. Martin\'s music and his music career information can be found locally and internationally at the following:
The Ritz Signature Gift Shop in New Orleans
Borders Music Books Cafe in Metairie/New Orleans
St. Martin pain-stakingly recorded and produced an ennchanced, one-song CD project in New Orleans by another musician. This song became the title cut for a Jonathan Demme/Daniel Wolff documentary. It is also a song used in an upcoming Jonathan Demme major motion picure.
St. Martin and Patty Lee also own an analog recording studio, Bayou Bohemia, and have several on-going music projects always in the works.
The Los Angeles Times calls Armand St. Martin, \"Non-stop Entertainment!\"
St. Martin and Patty Lee are also non-stop workers, giving to the music field and to their community, with many projects pro-bono or out of their own funds.
Check out PattyLeeRecords.com to learn more about Armand St. Martin and his music, and his illustrious list of famous-named players who have made his recordings and live band- shows a huge sucess!
These great names include the late Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen E Street Band); Kenny Gradney, bass for Little Feat; Dony Wynn, drummer for Robert Palmer; Kirk Bruner, drummer for Melissa Manchester; Stephen Allen, sax for Rita Coolidge; Lon Price, sax; Stanley Behrens, harmonica, sax (lead singer, Canned Heat); Hedy Mayer, backups; Marabina Jaimes, backups (won an Emmy); Samantha Newark, backups (one of youngest - Annie on Broadway); Paul DeVilliers, special appearance on electric guitar (producer of YES and Mr. Mister), to list a few.
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Check out PattyLeeRecords.com for Armand St. Martin\'s bio which also includes nationwide music credits as well as those in New Orleans.