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) the Vortex, 606 as well as at many festivals both here and abroad.
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 recently recorded four other albums, three as a sideman with the Root Source and Metamorphic and Dawning’, his first as a leader.
His debut album ‘Dawning’ was called one of the most pleasing discoveries of 2011, receiving 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 Wise 'Taking off'.
John Martin - Tenor/Sop
Anders Ollinder - Piano
Rican Vosloo - Bass
Matt Brown - Drums