Jean Martin has appeared and collaborated with: Juno nominated DD Jackson, David Murray, Dominic Duval, Chelsea Bridge, Kevin Turcotte, Peggy Lee, Tony Wilson, Brad Turner, Lori Freedman & Marilyn Lerner, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, The National Arts Centre Orchestra, legendary Canadian blues man Dutch Mason, Rebecca Campbell, Andy Stochansky, Zubot & Dawson, Bob Fenton, Roddy Ellias, Tim Postgate’s Jazzstory, Christine Duncan, Hugh Fraser, George Kohler, Bob Murphy, David Mott, The Bitches Brew Band, Rob Frayne, The Jivewires, Vernon Issac, Rich Underhill, Justin Haynes, Hugh Marsh, The Henry’s and many others.
He has also appeared on a one hour TFO and BRAVO TV jazz special entitled, “DUOS” performing improvisations with Award winning trumpeter Kevin Turcotte.
Jean is involved in a new project put together by Ajay Heble and the Guelph Jazz festival. A Jazz Opera with the music of DD Jackson, featuring Peggy Lee, Brad Turner, John Geggie and Dean Bowan among others. This piece will be performed for the 10th annual Jazz festival in Guelph and in Vancouver in September 2003.
With the Jean Martin Trio: he has recorded 2 CD’s and has toured Canada on three occasions, performing at most Jazz festivals in this country. The latest recording a completely improvised work will be released with a short tour in November 2003. The trio features guitarist Justin Haynes and trumpeter Kevin Turcotte.
With Chelsea Bridge: He has released 5 CD’s on Unity Page Records, has done 4 Canadian tours from ’92 to ’97, was featured at the Blue Note in NYC, the Molda International Jazz Festival in Norway and the Washington DC Jazz Fest (Canadian Jazz Ambassador Series).
With DD Jackson: He has released 2 CD’s on Justin Time Records, has toured France (including: Maubeuge & Rouen International Jazz Festivals, Feb.’97), 2 Canadian tours in ’94 & ’95 and was featured at various venues in Northern USA (Montana, Seattle, Buffalo and various clubs in NYC) including a CD release gig at the Fez Jazz Club in NYC, with legendary saxophonist David Murray.
Jean Martin also leads The Bitches Brew Band, a 7 piece Miles Davis Psychedelic tribute band that has toured several times in central Canada, from ’95 to ’99.
His new group Barnyard Drama is an improvising duo featuring vocalist Christine Duncan. Jean combines elements of free improv with turntables and electronics. They are touring Canada this summer promoting a new CD Memories and a List of Things to Do.
Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
Residence: Toronto (Ontario, Canada)