Jazz at The Kreeger

In collaboration with Elijah Jamal Balbed, The Kreeger Museum is honored and thrilled to present Jazz at The Kreeger, a new series that furthers our mission to share music across the city. Now in its second year, this series supports and spotlights the wealth of musical talent in our metropolitan area.

José Luiz Martins

Saturday, August 20th | 3:30 - 4:15pm

Tickets | $30


*Select pay what you can tickets are available upon request.
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This performance will take place in our Great Hall.  Masks are required regardless of vaccination status in all indoor spaces at The Kreeger Museum.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you plan to cancel so we can offer your spot to someone else. No refunds will be issued within the 24 hours before the program.

About the Artists

José Luiz Martins - Piano, Compositions, & Arrangements
Alex Hamburger - Flute & Voice
Romeir Mendez - Bass
Dana Hawkins - Drums

José Luiz Martins is a Brazilian pianist and composer from São Paulo – Brazil. He has been recording and performing as a sideman and as a leader for over a decade.

He studied classical piano at Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo under the guidance of the teachers: Renato Figueiredo and Marisa Lacorte, and classical composition with Ricardo Rizek. He was also awarded two full scholarships to do his master’s degree. One in Basel Switzerland at the JazzCampus and he also received a elite merit based scholarship at Queen’s College in New York.

He has performed at major music festivals in Brazil, such as Jazz na Fábrica (SESC Pompéia), Santos Jazz Festival, Mimo Festival (Olinda), Festival Painel Instrumental, Festival SESC Jazz and Blues, Festival Jazz a La Calle (Uruguay), among others. He has also played in recitals in tribute to the great Brazilian composers such as Gilberto Mendes, Osvaldo Lacerda, Alberto Nepumuceno and Camargo Guarnieri (having performed the premiere of the Preludio e Fuga of Camargo Guarnieri at Sala do Conservatório - SP).

Since moving to the US in 2019, he has played at festivals such as the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival and the Northampton Jazz Festival as well as venues all over the east coast, such as Blues Alley, Keystone Korner between others. José Luiz Martins also has performed in many venues and festival all over Europe like Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Brussels, France, Latvia, Spain, Czech Republic and Switzerland.

His two albums as a leader brought him important prizes and received amazing reviews of specialized criticism. At the moment, José Luiz Martins is working to release a new album with his new trio. He has also recorded 15 albums as a sideman, some of which he also produced.

This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.