ARMAND ST. MARTIN is a native New Orleanian whose sizzlin\' 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 in December, 2006.
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.
He 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 currently be viewed on YOUTUBE! This Epic Records tour also involved performing for Andy Warhol at the famous Bottom Line in NYC.
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 - through the years. He was with the original group of party-goers who evolved into the Tipitina\'s crowd when Professor Longhair was living. He dedicates his CD, \"Alligator Ball\" to these founders.
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 artist, 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 as well as in the Main Theatre at Harrah\'s in New Orleans for this annual event. St. Martin has sizzled also at UNO, at many 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 played 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 who were trying to come back to Louisiana after Katrina.
Armand was a featured artist at the 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 for the ARC for challenged adults. He\'s entertained at the Columns Hotel Jazz Brunches, Poydras Home, the Parkway Bakery and Tavern, the Cabildo, the Presbytere, and Basin Street Station, to list a few venues in New Orleans.
St. Martin was honored to open for Irma Thomas\' show 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 locales, St. Martin has played in-store shows at the Louisiana Music Factory and the now-closed Tower Records, especially during past Jazz Fests.
He has also been a return guest for numerous 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\", WLAE-TV, the Preservation Channel (internet), WWOZ, WWNO, WINK radio stations, etc. to list a few.
He also enjoys serving as the \"Roving Reporter\" from New Orleans special events like Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras for HOOAY Radio on the internet which 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), annual Jazz Fests 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 among others).
St. Martin and Patty Lee (a busy husband and wife team) also have created and produced many 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 Music Curating and producing the music for the gala opening of the \"40 Days 40 Nights\" special exhibit at the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge; their legislative efforts to stop cemetery theft; and, their fundraising efforts for \"Musicians For Other Musicians\" (established in the 1980\'s to help fellow musicians in need).
St. Martin and Patty Lee are community advocates and work diligently to provide quality pro-bono community-oriented music events, most of the time out of their own funds.
St. Martin shares his music where people want it and need it - which has also included Post Katrina appearances ranging from soup kitchens in Chalmette to nursing homes around New Orleans, and every kind of venue inbetween. He has also entertained at many 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. ST. MARTIN IS A RITZ-CARLTON MUSICAL 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 music career or check out www.PattyLeeRecords.com.
With released CDs, \"Alligator Ball\" and \"Sizzlin\'\", an EP cassette \"Be Your Own Parade\", a custom single, \"Last Time in Texas\", and a new CD release now out, \"Katrina Anthem\", 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
St. Martin also pain-stakingly recorded and produced a Katrina-oriented one-song CD of a local New Orleans musician in which this song is the title cut for a Wolff/Jonathan Demme documentary, as well as it being used in a major motion picture by Jonathan Demme.
St. Martin\'s original song, \"Orleans Lullaby\" is the soundtrack for Chris Madden\'s DVD, \"Project Katrina\".
St. Martin\'s original song \"Storyville\" is on the tv-series, \"K-Ville\".
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).
Armand St. Martin\'s tunes \"Back In New Orleans\" and \"Must Be The Mardi Gras\" can both be seen on YOUTUBE, with Patty Lee making the short films to \"Back In New Orleans\" and NOA-TV with Elton Jones making the film for \"Must Be The Mardi Gras\" shot at Mardi Gras World.
St. Martin was honored with a Proclamation from the City Council of New Orleans (signed by ALL members of the City Council) for his ongoing musical contributions for the City of New Orleans. This proclamation was given to him in the City Council Chambers and was spearheaded by Vivian Cahn.
St. Martin and Patty Lee also own an analog recording studio, Bayou Bohemia, and always seem to have several on-going music projects in the works at the same time.
The Los Angeles Times calls Armand St. Martin, \"Non-stop Entertainment!\"
St. Martin and Patty Lee are also non-stop workers in the music field and their community.
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 (from Bruce Springsteen\'s 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 (touring lead singer, Canned Heat); Hedy Mayer, backups; Marabina Jaimes, backups (won an Emmy for a PBS series); 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.