St. Louis has produced many well-known jazz musicians through the years, but few have made their homes here after finding success on national and international levels. Pianist Peter Martin is one current exception; the University City native had moved to New Orleans in the early 1990s but returned here with his family after Hurricane Katrina and decided to resettle. Since moving back, Martin has continued to tour the world as musical director for singer Dianne Reeves and also has found high-profile work with bassist Christian McBride and trumpeter Chris Botti. He stays busy here in town, too. Last year Martin began presenting a series of performances with his famous friends at the Sheldon Concert Hall, and starting this fall he'll be working with local music students taking part in Jazz St. Louis' education programs. Martin's skills put him in the top echelon of jazz pianists today, and his willingness to engage and interact with listeners, students and fellow musicians makes him an asset to our community on another level.
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