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Until March 2006 Martin worked as a lawyer with a large Cambridge firm and played and taught music in his spare time. He is now to be found playing jazz at the Elm Tree and other local venues; jazz and classical music at concerts, weddings and functions; teaching jazz in local schools and at Grafham Water weekend courses; composing and arranging; and reviewing jazz and classical concerts. 

Martin began the clarinet at school in Marlow, where he formed his first jazz band and played in local orchestras.    At  Cambridge  he ran his own jazz band (the Windy City Seven) and played for the Footlights.  He bought a saxophone and had lessons from Lionel Grigson and Dick Heckstall-Smith.

In London Martin joined the house band at a venue in Hampstead, playing alongside Bruce Turner, Sandy Brown, George Melly and George Chisholm, as well as forming a busy early music group and writing reviews for Early Music magazine.   

In 1977 Martin moved back to Cambridge, playing with the Cambridge Philharmonic, the Cambridge Orchestra, the Ely Sinfonia and others, playing   clarinet, bass and contrabass clarinet and basset horn, and writing arrangements for jazz ensemble and clarinet choir.   He promoted, organised and played in annual charity concerts using talented local musicians with performances of Fašade, the Threepenny Opera and the Schubert Octet and began instrumental teaching

At the same time Martin was played tenor and soprano sax in the Anglia Jazz Orchestra and other local jazz bands. He also discovered how quickly young players took to jazz and began teaching jazz in schools.

Recent gigs include the Duke Ellington Sacred Music at the Cadogan Hall in London: residencies at the Elm Tree and other local venues in  Cambridge: with Mingusology at Jazz @ John's, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the 606 Club in Chelsea: the Mozart clarinet concerto and in April 2007 a Jazz Mass composed by Will Todd in Cottenham church












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