Shaun Martin Royal Artists Group

SHAUN MARTIN TRIO
WEDNESDAY 7/27. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack. 7:30 p.m. $20. 

Pianist Shaun Martin got word of his first Grammy win via text message while he was in church. Priorities! The gospel-anchored player and producer is behind the ivories of some of the biggest Kirk Franklin tunes to sweep modern American churches, but Martin’s known in jazz circles as one of many creative engines behind the touring supergroup Snarky Puppy (riyl: Chick Corea, Weather Report, being rendered dumbstruck at what humans can do with musical instruments).

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Listening to his solo work makes evident the seemingly impossible: that even in a room with the likes of Cory Henry and Mark Lettieri, Martin has made an indelible imprint on the band’s sound. He’s at Stickyz with his trio; eat first, because it’s gonna be hard to focus on chicken tenders when Martin’s band kicks into melodic overdrive.

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