Rocklin Steinway artist to perform on Horowitz piano

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What: Classical and jazz concert on Horowitz's Steinway Piano with Jim Martinez

Who: Steinway artist/pianist Jim Martinez and Laura Didier (vocals)

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb 9

Where: Sherman Clay Pianos, 771 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville

Tickets: $15 per person; 804-8370


The legendary Steinway & Sons Model D Horowitz Piano continues its tour of North America with an upcoming stop in Roseville. Pianist and Steinway artist Jim Martinez will present "From Bach to Bix to Brubeck" Feb. 9 at Sherman Clay Pianos in Roseville. Seating is limited.

A classically trained pianist based in Rocklin, Martinez has performed or recorded with notables like Lionel Hampton, the Stan Kenton Band, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Christian McBride, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrove and many others. Martinez has worked as pianist and musical director for Joan Rivers and Bob Newhart.

Vocalist Laura Didier, from Sacramento, has been singing steadily with the Jim Martinez Trio since early 2007. Didier has performed at major jazz festivals in California, Idaho and Canada ,including the famed Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

The concert will begin featuring music from various classical composers starting with Bach. The middle of the show highlights piano music written by cornetist Bix Beiderbecke and concludes with music made famous by Dave Brubeck.

Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. This Steinway Model "D" piano, currently on its North American tour, is the instrument Horowitz kept in his New York townhouse. He used it in many recitals and recordings in the 1970s and ’80s, and he famously demanded that the piano be his exclusive touring instrument during the last four years of his life, including for his triumphant return to the former Soviet Union for performances in Moscow and Leningrad in 1986.