Occupy Mars Band Wish List 2020

Pat Metheny

Take the time to explore the work of Pat Matheny.  He has a large collection of musical instruments.  He is very creative and a great soloist.  He could be the YoYo Ma of the guitar.  Pat dedicated his whole life to playing the guitar and he is an excellent band leader and composter.  My favorite pat Matheny & company composition is “The Way Up.”   Take a listen and you will see what I mean.  We need Pat to do one live concert with the “Ocuppy Mars Band.”


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Jon Hartmann

When you need pure creativity, you need Jon Hartmann .  He is a UCLA grade with a music major.  He has made the complete R&B ture with Tine Turner and a long list of soul music giants.  He is best know for his jazz improvisation work with Bob Barboza and the Occupy Mars Band movement.  He is the first call if you need to pay complex music working in odd time signatures.  He can execute complex music without ever loosing the groove.   He is the glue that pulls an entire musical group together.  Jon is a gift to the future of jazz.  He fits into any group with a suttle smooth blend.  When you need high energy, he has it under his fingertips.  He makes great choices when improvising.



Lyle Mays (photo below)

I was introduced to Lyle’s work on the song “The Way Up.”  The Way Up.”

In the Pat Metheny Group, Mays provides arrangements, orchestration, and the harmonic and metric backbone of the group’s musical signature. He occasionally performs on electric guitar as well. He played trumpet on the songs “Forward March” and “Yolanda You Learn” from the album First Circle (1984) and during the tour for that album.[3]


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His albums as a leader reflect a variety of interests. Lyle Mays and Street Dreams build on the content of the Pat Metheny Group, while Fictionary is a straight-ahead jazz trio session featuring fellow North Texan Marc Johnson on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums.

He has also composed and recorded music for children’s records, such as Tale of Peter Rabbit, with text read by Meryl Streep.[3]

The Steppenwolf Theater Company of Chicago featured an assortment of compositions by Lyle Mays and Pat Metheny for their production of Lyle Kessler‘s play Orphans.[11]

He has composed classical music such as “Twelve Days in the Shadow of a Miracle”, a piece for harp, flute, viola, and synthesizer (recorded in 1996 by the Debussy Trio.


Gregoire Maret

Take the time to listen to Gregoire Maret.  There is something very special about this jazz musician.  Wd need him to be a very special soloist behind the new Occupy Mars Visual Jazz Opera.  His work on the composjition “The Way Up” sold me on this player.  When I have a chance to visit the rest of his work, I new he would be great on the next Mars movie.

Grégoire moved to New York City to study at the New School University’s Jazz Department in New York City upon graduating from the prestigious Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève. Today he is one of the most sought after harmonica players in the world: often compared to legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder, he has been asked to play with an incredible number of famous musicians including Youssn’Dour, Me’ Shell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, George Benson, Cassandra Wilson, to name a few.

In 2003 he was the subject of Swiss filmmaker Frédéric Baillif’s documentary Sideman, which won several awards. In 2005, Grégoire toured with the Pat Metheny Group, receiving a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for their album The Way Up. He also won the Jazz Journalists Association ‘Player of the Year Award’. After his Grammy win, Maret embarked on a two-year tour with the worldclass bassist Marcus Miller and subsequently joined Herbie Hancock’s band.



Tony Pretzello (photo belows)

When tony walks into a music store and starts playing he draws a huge crowd.  Why does that happen?  He has suttle soul in every note.  His tone quality will caputre you.  He just makes it easy for you to listen.

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