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Jazz duo

Mel Martin and Don Friedman will perform Friday, Oct. 30, at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland. Playing live, Martin and Friedman say they feed off each other and interact in ways that larger jazz groups are seldom free to do. In concert, Martin's saxophones and flute and Friedman's piano virtuosity combine in a conversation that takes audiences along with them.

The duo will be performing pieces from their recent recording, "Where the Warm Winds Blow," as well as originals, jazz standards and free-form improvised sections.

Friedman is a San Francisco native who began piano lessons at age 4 and studied jazz at Los Angeles City College. In the 1950s, he worked in Los Angeles with groups that included such musicians as Chet Baker, Ornette Coleman and Scott LaFaro. He left L.A. for New York and soon was playing with the likes of Jimmy Giuffre, Elvin Jones and Herbie Mann.

In recent years, he has toured and taught while continuing to be active in the New York City jazz scene.

Martin is a composer, arranger and saxophonist/flute player who also comes from the Bay Area. He sat in with Wes Montgomery while still in his teens, then played with progressive rockers like Santana, Azteca and Boz Scaggs in the 1970s. He founded Listen, one of the early fusion bands, and later became artistic director of Bebop and Beyond, which he founded in 1983.

He says he feels the same enthusiasm for music now he always has.

For more, check out melmartin.com/index.

The next show on the Siskiyou Instituted calendar is the Lenny Tristano School, featuring compositions by Tristano, Lee Konitz, Wayne Marsh, Billy Bauer and others, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Paschal Winery in Talent. That one features $5 tickets for everyone.

Call 541-488-3869 or e-mail info@siskiyouinstitute.com for reservations.

Mel Martin played with progressive rockers like Santana, Azteca and Boz Scaggs in the 1970s. - Photo courtesy of the Siskiyou Institute