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Pink Martini

The eclectic, acoustic-oriented sounds of Pink Martini have never been easy to categorize, but that hasn't prevented the Portland, Oregon-based band from acquiring a loyal, enthusiastic cult following. Some reviewers have considered Pink Martini to be a product of the neo-swing trend of the 1990s and have compared them to bands like the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies; however, Pink Martini have a much broader range of influences. And while most of the neo-swing acts that emerged in the '90s favored a combination of jump blues and early rock & roll -- sort of Louis Jordan and Big Joe Turner by way of Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry -- the diverse Pink Martini have offered a risk-taking blend of jazz (mainly swing), world music, cabaret, lounge, and '40s-'50s film music.

Pink Martini's influences are far-reaching, ranging from Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to French icon Edith Piaf to Latin greats such as Xavier Cugat, Beny Moré, and Tito Puente -- and a variety of world music has affected them, including French chanson, Afro-Cuban salsa, Argentinian tango, Brazilian samba, and bossa nova, Italian folk, Greek rembetiko, Middle Eastern music, and Asian music. Impressively, Pink Martini's lead singer, China Forbes (b. April 29, 1970, Cambridge, Massachusetts), has performed in at least ten different languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Greek, Arabic, and Japanese. In 2004, Pink Martini founder/pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale (b. July 14, 1970, Oakland, California) articulated the band's global outlook perfectly when he said: "I think it's important to be a citizen of the world as opposed to being a citizen of this particular country. Part of that means studying other people's languages."

Lauderdale formed Pink Martini in 1994, hiring Forbes as the band's lead singer the following year. Neither Lauderdale nor Forbes is a native of Portland; Forbes, who grew up in Cambridge, met Lauderdale when both of them were attending Harvard University in the late '80s (she graduated in 1992). And Lauderdale lived in California and Indiana as a kid, although he spent his teens in Portland and moved back to Portland not long after graduating from Harvard. Forbes recorded a solo album, Love Handle, in 1995, but Pink Martini quickly became her main focus. Other members of Pink Martini have included Gavin Bondy on trumpet, Robert Taylor on trombone, Phil Baker on acoustic bass, Nicholas Crosa on violin, Brian Lavern Davis on drums and percussion, Timothy Nishimoto on percussion and vocals, and Derek Rieth and Martín Zarzar on percussion. Pink Martini's debut album, Sympathique, was released on their own independent label, Heinz Records, in 1997; they went on to release their second album, Hang on Little Tomato, on Heinz in 2004 and their third album, Hey Eugene!, on Heinz in 2007. The following year, Heinz released Forbes' second solo album, '78, which was a major departure from her work with Pink Martini and favored an introspective adult alternative approach along the lines of Natalie Merchant and Sarah McLachlan.

The year 2009 was a busy one for the band, with the concert DVD Discover the World: Live in Concert, which showed how Pink Martini spent most of their 2008, arriving that summer and the album Splendor in the Grass, which featured collaborations with Chavela Vargas and the Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor, appearing that fall. In 2010 they released the swellegant holiday album Joy to the World, which featured revered Japanese singer Saori Yuki. The band collaborated with Saori again on the following year's 1969, a collection of interpretations of that year's most memorable songs. Sessions for their sixth release began in January 2012 and included a cover of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" featuring Phyllis Diller, who sadly passed away that summer. The results, Get Happy, arrived in 2013. The following year, Pink Martini collaborated with Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp, the great-grandchildren of the von Trapp family, whose escape from the Nazis inspired The Sound of Music. The results were Dream a Little Dream, a mix of standards and original songs. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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dellbo0
Just saw their 2014 concert last night in Austin. They're still terrific!! The Von Trapps are a fantastic addition. Don't miss them in concert. They just keep getting better and better.
dave5962
If you haven't seen the DVD Discovering the World, you should. It really heightens your pleasure and appreciation about how unique and talented this band is. There are about three percussionis t s , somewhere around eight or nine violins, a cello or two, a guitarist, a trumpet, a trombone, a large harp, and occasionally a strange Japanese instrument played by one of the violinists who has Japanese antecedents (or I forgot the Japanese American who sings and does various other things up there).
drama_skit
this song was in Sherlock fight with Watson
Pandora never ceases to amaze me! Van dear Graaf Generator is playing on my NeoRetro station!
Love them. Best music. Saw them at
carnegie hall. Cant wait to see them again. Juicey
I love how eclectic and worldly their music is.
jinahan514
amazing music!
Great band
Hearing storm large sing with the band tops it all....alan cousey fla
bagglady42
I can never get enough of Pink Martini!!!! Lucky you, Lori..Have fun!!!
Looking forward to seeing Pink Martini Dec 3. Thanks to Pandora for introducing me.
mrg349
Definitely see them live any chance you get!! Incredible performers
drama_skit
love them being from Portland and all
Im from cali & have No idea what shes saying but I like her c: strange...wi s h I knew what shes saying ;c
They always make me smile and relax.
they are amazing! Timothy Nishimoto is HOT!!!!
wenselni
Saw them (and HEARD them) at he Beacon Theater in NYC (great venue) this past weekend. Incroyable!!
What incredible music! Hope their fame grows and grows.
New album coming 9/24/2013: Get Happy.
They're really great! Wish I could see them do a live performance
LOVE! The song Hang On Little Tomato made my heart smile...
studb
Just discovered Pink Martini last night. Bought tickets to see their concert at the Hollywood Bowl last night. Can't believe I missed out on them for 15 years.
Clementine reminds me of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (: absolutely beautiful, I fell in love with it
Saw them in concert just a few weeks back! Awesome!
carolperrin2
never get tired of this beautiful music!
jogman221
This came upon my Duran Duran radio channel
What a great song
Reminds me of the movie UP
Hang on little tomato makes me feel like I should be at a jazz club or fancy restaurant with live music. :)
I was introduced to Pink Martini radio in Pasadena. I'm over the moon I can stream it back in Australia. I just love the mix of cool,classy music.
This came on my Betty Boop Melody channel. What a surprise. Viva La Femme Nikita!
I listen this radio all time orimal language french
good song, very relaxing, makes me wanna cry tho lol - hang on little tomato
This came out on my DyE radio....wth
farleyd8
This came upon my Pink Martini Radio, who woulda thunk? :)
This came on my Mambo Italiano Radio...clas s i c styling
this came on my death cab for cutie radio...
olindberg
Lol on my Cody Simpson radio!?!?!?
I'll start i find this music is great it's melody and jazz and lay back sounds i hear very often but it never get's old.
brendab193
Love Pink Martini soooo much!! What versatility!
Never have loved a band like I love Pink Martini. I hope they never stop whatever it is that they do....
Have seen them twice now. Can't wait til they come around again!!! not to be missed!!!! Their rendition of Bolero is amazing!!! Love them!
This is great music
adgerber65
My favorite band to cook and relax with. Ever.
8 or 9 years ago our daughter was complaining about the tenant next door in her old apt bldg in NE Portland; tenant and guests were keeping her awake regularly and filling the hall with bicycles; turns out it was Pink Martini and all has been forgiven; they put on a spectacular outdoor concert every summer to benefit the Portland Zoo.
please tell me! I made a PM station a long time ago, customized it pretty nicely, but i never hear PM songs anymore. EVER! Are they not being featured on Pandora anymore? I miss them! *sobs*
The Pink Martinis are one of my favourite vocal groups, and Je Ne Peux Pas Dejeuner is one of my favourite songs they do.
robin.spence r 4
hang on little tomato...lov e it:)
eclarke
We need this music more than ever.
One night I heard Hey Eugene--Bam it was love at first hearing. Forgot the name of the group, made me nuts--- until I called the radio station, and I have been a fan ever since. Cool, relaxing, and insightful.
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