Alto giant Bob Martin hails from Atlantic City, USA and studied at Berklee College before spending four years on the road as one of the featured saxophonists in the Buddy Rich Big Band. He went on to perform with many of the greats: Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Ekstine, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Bob is a wonderfully fluent and inventive alto sax player in the classic hard bop style with superb technique and control of the instrument. Resident in the UK since 1997, he has worked with many of our top names including a lengthy spell with the Frank Griffith Nonet. Tonight he teams with fellow Nonet player, the ever popular Steve Fishwick on trumpet. "Martin's solos had a pure, vital sound. We were
swept along by the urgency of his phrases - fierce, fast notes in fragile
delicate patterns, lasting for only seconds, smooth as silk on glass.
Bebop phrases tend to start and end in unexpected places in the bar -
Martin would pause with eyes closed and wait for the notes to come to
him like a visitation." - Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz Blog