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John Martin

John Martin Is a London based saxophonist and composer. 

“The AMT LS has more warmth and detail then all the other clip on mics I have tried, plus the clamping system is excellent, allowing you to position the mic further away from the bell for a more natural reproduction”

“The lyrical sway of Andy Sheppard, the atmospherics of Jan Garbarek, the pensiveness of Kenny Wheeler and the country-chime of early Keith Jarrett” John Fordham, The Guardain.

After studying composition with Nikki Iles and Eddie Parker at Middlesex University, John went on to play as a sideman in many bands on both the jazz and world music scenes. During this time john has regularly performed in top London venues such as the Jazz Café, Pizza Express (Dean St) and the Vortex, as well as at many festivals both here and abroad.
“An engaging young saxophonist with a soulfulness which seems to have been surgically removed from many young Jazz Studies alumni” Chris May, all about jazz
He has played with the salsa king Roberto Pla, Fela Kuti’s keyboard player Dele Sosimi, Italian guitar maestro Georgio Serci and the award-winning singer Liane Carrol. John also played on Guillemots Mercury Prize nominated album ‘Through The Window Pane’, and has recentlyJohn Martin recorded four other albums – three as a sideman, with the Root Source and Metamorphic, and Dawning’, his first as a leader.
“Martin’s is an affecting, attractively fragile approach… which imparts considerable warmth and emotion” Chris Parker, London jazz
His debut album ‘Dawning’ was called one of the most pleasing discoveries of 2011, received approving testimonials from both the great Kenny wheeler and Iain Ballamy.
John has been a guest on both BBC radio 3’s jazz line up and jazz Fm’s Sunday jam and has been featured in jazz wises taking off.
“Calmly inquisitive, generous, reflective lyricism” Selwyn Harris Jazz Wise
Recent highlights include: A live broadcast from the BBC introducing stage at Manchester jazz festival with Metamorphic. Gigs in Paris and Bulgaria with Aniruddha Dub Noise Quintet. Aniruddha is a founding member of the Asian dub foundation. A live session with Awale at the BBC Maida vale studios for BBC radio 3. Metamorphics 2nd album Coalescence’ which received excellent reviews all round. 4 stars from The Guardian, Jazz Wise and The Jazz man. A magical gig in Tunisia, supporting 2012 Grammy award winner Tinariwen.

Martin latest project The Hidden Notes offers a window into a new and unique sound world. It is a celebration of the saxophone and all the beautiful colours that are hidden just beneath the surface.

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