Olli Martin is a trombonist currently performing and working in London and across the U.K.
As a freelance trombonist, Olli has performed with the BBC Big Band, Cory Wong (U.S), Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra, Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra, the Gareth Lockrane Big Band, Alex Mendham and his Orchestra, James Taylor Quartet, The London Horns, Urban Soul Orchestra, and the Gordon Campbell Big Band.
He has performed at venues and festivals including Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, The Vortex, 606 jazz club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, The Spice of Life, The Cadogan Hall, London Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Scarborough Jazz Festival.
Olli has toured with Cory Wong across the U.K, Ireland and in Paris in 2019 and 2020 and can be heard on the 'Live In U.K' album on Spotify.
Olli leads his own project, the Olli Martin Quintet, which performs his original compositions. The music is rooted in the jazz style and draws upon a wide range of influences, styles and composers including Dave Holland, Robin Eubanks and The Mason Brothers. The Quintet have performed at venues including The Vortex, Kansas Smitty's, Con Cellar Bar, the Talking Heads Southampton and at the East Jazz Network Festival (October2019).
A graduate of the BMus jazz course at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music where he achieved first class honours in July 2017, Olli studied with trombonists Gordon Campbell, Mark Bassey, Trevor Mires and Barnaby Dickinson, as well as studying with Nick Smart, Pete Churchill and Barak Schmool. Olli regularly performed with the Royal Academy big band at venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room and the Cadogan Hall.
Olli has also worked in the west end, playing on '42nd Street' at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Tina Turner The Musical at Aldwych Theatre and 'White Christmas' at the Dominion Theatre.
In November 2016, Olli won the Don Lusher Jazz Trombone Competition.
Performances & Appearances with:
The BBC Big Band
Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra
The Gareth Lockrane Big Band
Stan Sulzmann Neon Orchestra
Alex Mendham and his Orchestra
James Taylor Quartet
Urban Soul Orchestra
Gordon Campbell Big Band
Calum Gourlay Big Band
Matt Robert's BigISH Band
The Chaos Orchestra (Laura Jurd)
John Nemeth & London Horns
Tom Smith Septet
House & Garage Orchestra
The AllStars Collective
The Brass Funkeys
London City Big Band
The London Jazz Orchestra
National Youth Jazz Orchestra
The Steve Taylor Big Band
The Billy Marrows Octet
The Engines Orchestra + Femi Temowo