We are initially a Jazz Trio of Piano, Bass and Trumpet but will often add Tenor Saxophone and Drums as well as a vocalist to expand the possibilities of the group. The Ben Marti Jazztet plays Jazz standards, Pop and Show tunes, in every style from Dixieland to Modern Jazz. We can cultivate our performance to the desire of the host we are performing for. Please make checks payable to Tom Bierer.
Price Range: $300 - $1200
Languages: English, German
The Ben Marti Jazztet has performed for Weddings, Corporate Events, Arts Fairs, Church Festivals, at Wineries and local pubs and restaurants, dance clubs and holiday parties. If the venue is large enough we can normally play anywhere.
Ben Marti is a classically trained concert pianist who is also an active accompanist for Gustavus Adolphus College and Minnesota State University. He has studied abroad in Vienna with a world class performer. Ben has played with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Minnesota REAL Big Band.
James Ihrke is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College as well and is rapidly becoming the areas most sought after stand up bassist for Bluegrass and Jazz.
Jim is currently the recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant awarded by Prairie Lakes Arts Counsel and the McNight Foundation.
Tom Bierer is a Trumpet player of quality having studied with Gerard Schwarz of the NY Philharmonic and William Scarlet of the Chicago Symphony. Toms interest in Jazz has been long standing since his youth. He is a member of the Jazz @Lincoln Center Band Directors Academy and is a performing member of the Southern Minnesota REAL Big Band as well. He was a featured soloist with the Maverick Big Band of Minnesota State University and has also performed as a solist with the SMReal Big Band.
Evan Bierer is Tom's son who is a very fine Tenor Saxophonist. A graduate of McNalley Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Evan studied with Pete Whitman and Jim Marentek while at McNalley. He has played in several fine musicians in Jazz and Funk/Rock Ensembles in the Minneapolis area. Evans interest's include record production and audio engineering as well.
Joe Kruse is a graduate of McNalley Smith College of Music in St. Paul. Joe has played with many bands in the metro region including Jazz, rock, reggae, bluegrass and country bands. During the day Joe is presently farming in the Southern Minnesota region.
Past Booked Events
|August 09, 2017 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Festival|
|July 01, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|January 22, 2016||Birthday (Adult)|
|August 31, 2013||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
Blue Bossa, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, I'm Beginning to See the Light, All Blues, My Favorite Things, String of Pearls, Take the A Train, Black Orpheus, Route 66, Cantalope Island, etc..........
|Evan Bierer||Tenor Saxophone|
16 X 8 stage, with electrical outlets.
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