Susannah Martin & Steve Sandner Combos
Besides offering fine piano & vocals for Parties, Clubs and Concerts, Martin-Sandner Combos also perform Theme Shows, complete with costumes, props, jokes, singalongs & fun trivia:
"Frank & Ella" (a swinging, be-boppin' tribute to Sinatra & Fitzgerald)
"It's a GAS! The Great American Songbook" (golden hits of the 20s-50s by Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, Berlin & More!)
"Roaring 20s & Flirty 30s' (Zippy & Sassy Tunes, complete with ukulele features)
"Sassy Sirens & Crooning Casanovas" (Cheeky allure, bluesy melodrama and torchy songs with a twist- from Betty Boop to Etta James, Fats Waller to Elvis)
"Broadway Salon" (Musical Theatre extravaganza - Great Hits from "Fiddler..", "Les Mis..", "Oklahoma!", "Guys & Dolls", "Cats", "Phantom.."etc.)
"Queens of Cool" (sizzling & simmering songs by Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, June Christy and more...)
"Brasil '66 Tribute" (Breezy & Hot! Greatest Hits from Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66)
"Be-Bop & Blues!" (Chicago Blues, crazy scattin', down & dirty blues & bluesy jazz)
"The Gang's all Here!" (The Jazz Divas meet the Rat Pack - a tribute to iconic singers Billie, Ella, Sarah, Anita, Diana, Tony, Louis, Dean, Nat, Sammy & Frank)
The Martin-Sandner combos are brilliant in their delivery of the classics from the Roaring 20s, the Flirty 30s and the Swinging 40s, They also delight their audiences with jazzy renditions of Pop and R&B favorites. Their sound is caressed with the sweet and sultry tone of vocalist Susannah Martin and the bluesy & beautiful stylings of jazz piano wizard Steve Sandner. along with side players as needed. Steve Sandner also adds his velvet smooth voice to the mix in leads (known and loved for his Frank Sinatra tributes) as well as fine harmonies. Fans love their mix of repertoire and are especially entertained by the Martin-Sandner tribute shows such as "Queens of Cool", "It's a GAS!, The Great American Songbook", "Sassy Sirens & Crooning Casanovas" or "Frank & Ella" and to such artists/composers as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington or Sergio Mendes & the Brazil '66. The duo also performs a popular 'Broadway Salon' full of Musical Theatre favorites, with costume changes and characters.
Originally from San Diego, CA, Susannah Martin has lived and performed around Sedona and Arizona since 2005, earning the love and respect of fans and musicians alike for her jazz, brazilian and pop stylings and her amazing voice. Her ability to finesse a song is enhanced by her rare improvisational talents. According to the Tucson Jazz Society, ”Susannah Martin is the consummate performer, as talented as she is beautiful. She brings class and polish to any stage. A true delight to behold.” Martin’s 25+ year singing career has brought her up and down the West Coast, through the Caribbean, into the South and back to the Southwest. Regionally, she also teaches a cappella choir, private voice lessons and leads piano parlor singalongs open to the community.
Pianist and vocalist, Steve Sandner, hails from the Chicago area, where he’s been performing since the mid-60’s at top jazz venues. Although he returns to the Midwest every summer for a rich season of music touring, he also enjoys a home and a lively music career in Sedona the rest of the year. His musical jazz style has elements of big band, blues and swing, and is a real treat for music lovers. Listening to Steve’s style, one can hear the influences of pianists Nat Cole, Bill Evans, and Oscar Peterson, and his vocals have echoes of Frank Sinatra & Harry Connick, with a blues element from the Charles Brown tradition. Steve’s most versatile musical combination is the jazz trio, though he often performs solo, with a duo, or a larger group. He is also in demand accompanying other vocalists, jazz & pop, and has extensive experience as a sideman in jazz, pop, rock and blues ensembles live and recorded, having also released several albums of his own.
Martin & Sandner are delightful and polished as a duo and as such are ideal for private parties, house parties and smaller venues. Featured also at concerts, jazz festivals and jazz clubs, they amaze audiences with their exciting performances adding upright bass and/or drums, horns, guitar, etc. and can even provide a 'Little Big Band' sound with a synchronized horn section featuring Big Band hits. Click Here to Inquire About Booking!