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Out of the Gallion a quartet formed by Martin (clarinet) with Bert Schilperoort (soprano sax) John Cherry (guitar) and Jeremy Kahn (bass) to play the music of the punchy small groups of the swing era- Sidney Bechet, Sammy Price and Mezz Mezzrow.   Infectious swing and lively interplay between the horns make this a creative ensemble as well as providing attractive music for functions.   This Quartet plays regularly at the Elm Tree in Cambridge.

Mingusology a rip-roaring 9 piece  band playing the blues infused and exciting music of Charles Mingus, had its first highly successful performance in November 2005 at the Plough Jazz Club in London and in Cambridge at Jazz at Johns.    A smaller ensemble played at C Venues at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2006. Martin has 'arranged' classic Mingus works for this large ensemble with the objective of preserving the Mingus elements of surprise, danger, commitment and spontaneity.   The ensemble has included Nick Weldon (piano) Malcolm Earl Smith (trombone) Josh Kemp (tenor sax) Adam and Alex Waldmann (sax and drums) and Mick Coady (bass). The most recent  (and riotous) gig was for the MehrClef showcase at the 606 Club  in Chelsea.

Bert Schilperoort Quartet an inventive jazz quartet headed by Bert Schilperoort (drums) with Jeremy Kahn (guitar) using, exploring and extending the standard jazz repertoire, playing at venues in Cambridge.

Harmony in Harlem a band using the Ellington line up of the golden years and playing the classic arrangements of the 30s and 40s (mostly unpublished) which have been researched and transcribed by leader Mike Kilpatrick.   This is a wonderful fund of unexplored music.   Many were written for the solo clarinet of Barney Bigard or Jimmy Hamilton, the role Martin fulfils in the band.

Function music

Martin Kemp Jazz and Swing  Martin plays regularly at weddings, parties, receptions and other functions providing live music both background and for dancing, including music based on jazz standards, latin influences, funk and blues with a highly talented array of musical colleagues, including Josh Kemp (saxophone), John Cherry (guitar) and much sought after vocalist Ruth Applin, in ensembles ranging from duo to sextet.

Cambridge Blue   an extrovert quintet led by Trevor Barlow (alto sax) which plays jazz standards for weddings, parties and functions.


Whiteacre Clarinets  A clarinet quartet with Phyllis Champion, Peter Fisher and Amelia Oldfield, playing a varied repertoire of classical originals and arrangements as well as lighter music for functions.

Composition and Arrangement

Further post-graduate studies; continuing compositions and arrangements, particularly for clarinet quartet, clarinet choir and jazz ensemble; cataloguing and publishing existing library of arrangements.




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