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Rock 02/12/2013

Armand St. Martin: Popular New Orleans Raconteur, Piano Player, Singer/Songwriting Entertainer In Concert All Year 'Round

Armand St. Martin:  Popular New Orleans Raconteur, Piano Player, Singer/Songwriting Entertainer In Concert All Year 'Round

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New Orleans, LS. (Top40 Charts/ Patty Lee Records) Armand St. Martin, a 10th generation New Orleanian, is a piano professor who has absorbed the styles of the New Orleans piano greats for decades, incorporating their sounds into his own unique style of piano-based New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll.

Educated in Music Theory and Mathematics at Loyola and Tulane Universities, St. Martin also attended Wolftrap for the Performing Arts in D.C. for music and dance, and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) for the Master Class in Film Scoring. His original songs are upbeat and popular. He follows in the Louisiana piano footsteps of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Tuts Washington, Archibald, Roosevelt Sykes, Huey Piano Smith, Allen Toussaint, Mickey Gilley, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Since Katrina, St. Martin has performed over 200 shows locally every year in New Orleans. For 3 years after Katrina, he was the piano staple at the Ritz Carlton New Orleans, where he had his own room, The Library Lounge. His upbeat entertainment has included concerts at most venues in the Crescent City such as the Superdome, the Ritz (Library Lounge, Sunday Brunches in the Melange, On Trois, Lobby Lounge, French Quarter Bar), the Cabildo, Le Petit Theatre, Ernie K-Doe's Mother In Law Lounge, the Convention Center, Generation's Hall, Basin Street Station, the Theatres at Canal Place, House of Blues, Howling Wolf, Rock 'n' Bowl, and the Republic New Orleans, to list a few.

St. Martin has also performed in New Orleans for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) in their Piano Professor Series, and at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, the Eiffel Society, Tipitina's, Louisiana Music Factory, LaTrobe's, the Opera Guild House, Peaches Records, Degas House, Barnes and Noble, Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar, the Louisiana State Archives, the Old U.S. Mint, and Mardi Gras World, among other known venues. He's also entertained in the Main Ballrooms in the Big Easy at the Roosevelt Hotel's Blue Room, the J.W. Marriott, the W Hotel, the Hyatt Regency, the Hilton, the Monteleone and the Royal Sonesta.

St. Martin's concerts also include many major Mardi Gras krewe events and galas, as well as annual Jazz Fest parties. His list of private soirees in homes, mansions, and establishments is extensive, and his list of pro bono shows "to give back to the community," since Katrina ranges well over 800 performances to date, and counting.

He has performed at the New Orleans Blues Festival, the Beaujolais Festival, the Summer Wine Fest, the Ponderosa Stomp, the French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest, to list a few among many nationwide.

Patty Lee Records makes St. Martin's original music available on Amazon, CDBaby, Louisiana Music Factory, and iTunes, as well as in record stores. His CDs, Alligator Ball, Sizzlin', and Katrina Anthem (recorded by Armand St. Martin and his Bayou Bohemians and Friends) are available at these music locations, plus his single-song releases, Last Time in Texas, and Potholes and Politicians. St. Martin's music is affiliated with BMI. St. Martin is non-exclusively represented for music for film and tv by Varese Sarabande and by The Talent House, both located in Los Angeles. His many music videos are found on the worldwide web on YouTube and Vimeo.

St. Martin's original song, Storyville Blues, recorded by Armand St. Martin and his Bayou Bohemians, has been on the TV-series, K-Ville, in the indie-movie, Brawler, and is on the grand finale episode of the TV-series, Treme.

He is a frequent familiar face locally in New Orleans on Peggy Laborde's "Steppin' Out," on WYES and WWL-TV's "Morning News Show with Sally-Ann Roberts and Eric Paulsen." Armand St. Martin and his wife-partner and manager/booking agent, Patty Lee, also own Bayou Bohemia Recording Studios.

Critics have proclaimed Armand St. Martin as: "a formidable keyboard player," "the keyboard wizard", "non-stop entertainment", "hot as jambalaya", "the keyboard blurrrr", "he could kill crocodiles with his bare hands," "a rock solid, sizzling showman", and "an iconic New Orleans keyboard player!"

Armand St. Martin received a Proclamation from the City Council for his "ongoing musical contributions to the City of New Orleans."

As a Raconteur and Performer, Armand St. Martin engages his audiences with his uptempo originals and his version of New Orleans classics that are delivered with his own brand of flavorful twists and shouts!

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