Marty Nau, saxophone
Marty Nau is a 34 year veteran of the Washington, D.C. jazz and music scene. Originally from Souderton, Pa., Marty entered the Navy Music Program just after graduation from High school in 1977. After boot camp, the Navy music school and a two and a half year tour in
Orlando, Florida he auditioned and won a spot in the Navy’s premier band in Washington, DC. In 1984 Marty won a chair in the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble “The Navy Commodores”. During this time he traveled the country playing performances and clinics.
While in town Marty was very much involved in the music scene outside of the Navy playing in many big bands, small groups and jam sessions. In 1994 he recorded his first CD as a leader. Since then has recorded five cds under his own name and has appeared on many other recordings as a sideman. In 1983 he began studies with jazz legend Phil Woods. Subsequently Marty has studied with clarinet legend Eddie Daniels, soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman, and jazz pianist Hal Galper.
After retirement from the Navy Band in 1997 Marty joined the Capitol Quartet, as saxophone quartet with performers from the DC area. He also taught saxophone jazz improvisation at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and was a saxophone instructor with the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP).
Currently Marty’s freelance music activities include playing with the Baltimore Symphony, the Metropolitan Jazz Ensemble, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, the Great American Music Ensemble and his own quartet every Tuesday night at Twins jazz club in Washington, D.C. He also teaches at the Washington Conservatory, the Sheridan School and privately at his home studio.