is well known on the West Coast as a top-notch ragtime pianist and bassist.
music career began in Sacramento where as a teenager he
helped found the Sacramento Ragtime Society
Besides performing as a solo pianist, Marty
plays with a number of traditional jazz and ragtime groups, most notably the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
, the Yerba Buena Stompers and the Black Diamond Jazz Band.
Since 1997 he
has been the bassist for the Butch Thompson Trio, which became nationally known in the 1980s as the "house band" for the National Public Radio show "A Prairie Home Companion.
has worked and recorded with the great blues, boogie and jazz pianist Carl Sonny Leyland.
performs around the country as part of the Tichenor Family Trio with his
wife, pianist Virginia Tichenor
father Trebor, also a pianist.
For ten years Marty
was the bassist for the popular ragtime trio Bo Grumpus.
Marty has appeared on over a dozen full-length commercial CD albums, and has been a "guest performer" on many more.
He is also a skilled composer and arranger of ragtime and traditional jazz.