Simon won the Daily Telegraph Jazz Musician of the year at the
tender age of 16. He was lead alto in the Pendulum Jazz Orchestra,
before moving to London in 1998, playing tenor and alto in the National
Youth Jazz Orchestra and leading his own quartet. Simon studied at the
London College of Music and then at the Royal Academy. He has appeared
with Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra, for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the
Matthew Herbert Big Band, the BBC Big Band, Clark Tracey's Quintet and
the late Stan Tracey’s various groups. Other musicians he's worked with
include Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy, Django Bates, Wynton Marsalis, Alan
Barnes, Art Themen, Don Weller, Julian Joseph, Jim Mullen and Tina May.
“He knows how to produce a luminous, floating tone on alto sax, has an
impressive technique, and constructs his solos with maturity and
confidence” - Sholto Byrnes, The Independent. Martin Shaw has worked with many leading jazz artists including Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Pete King, Dick Morrisey, Tim Garland and numerous big bands including the BBC Big Band; he has also recorded, performed live and toured extensively with various pop artists including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole, Paul Young and the Brand New Heavies. In 2001 Martin was appointed professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire.