Roger Martin needs only one thing for a flawless performance: Electricity. After that, Roger provides the rest with an eventful evening of American Classics bringing the songs of the Gershwin Brothers and Cole Porter, made famous by a “Pack” of vocalists (Roger included), to a party near you.
Roger Martin has the opportunity to share his experiences with you, through the big bands and American Classic music he grew up with and has performed. The music heard in his house was Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett—and back when General Admission would get you in to Disneyland park, he tapped along with Benny Goodman and Count Basie to name a few.
Since his first CD, Tivoli Nights (recorded in a hotel room in Orange County, CA and named after the street where he now lives) gained popularity among friends, family and co-workers, Roger reluctantly submitted “I Got You Under my Skin,” a track from the CD, to a radio station out of Los Angeles. Roger won the “crooner” competition and was invited to sing live at the radio station, but Roger’s father became ill and Roger was unable to compete.
Roger started singing and recording the American Classics because he thought it was something his parents would enjoy. So when Roger’s father told him, shortly before his own death, to keep singing — Roger did just that:
Since Tivoli Nights was released in 2001, Roger has followed his debut CD with Cigars and Jasmine (2006), Flying Fish (2007), a Christmas Album and he is in the studio working on his next album.
Roger has shared the studio with the likes of famous blues pianist Nat Dove in a special recording of “One For My Baby” to honor Roger’s father. Roger has also spent numerous recording sessions in Los Angeles and Bakersfield.
Roger has performed at restaurants, rat pack parties, wedding receptions, bridal shows, wineries, special events, corporate events and has a regular gig every Thursday night (starting at 6:30pm) in the Prospect Lounge @ the new Padre Hotel in Bakersfield.
When you listen to Roger Martin, you will think of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Tony Bennett, but Roger feels it’s the library of great music and great songwriters that you’re really hearing. However, hearing Roger Martin live brings the sound of another time back and a night of great American Classic music back to now.