News/Gigs

13/5/19 - Just got to the end of a busy and enjoyable week including gigs with the BBC Big Band featuring Georgie Fame in Bristol and Liverpool, depping on Tina the Musical in the West End and playing at Calum Gourlay's Big Band Vortex residency. 

12/4/19 - Big band weekend coming up! Performing with the Calum Gourlay big band on Sat 13th. Then with the James Brady Big Band and London Jazz Orchestra on Sun 14th. All three at the Vortex as part of the David Mossman Jazz Festival! 

Also looking forward to recording in the studio with the London Jazz Orchestra on Wed 17th! 

8/4/19 - Been a busy weekend starting with a blast at Southampton F.C with the Saints Brass Band on Friday night, then a trip to Venice to perform with the Alex Mendham Orchestra. 

26/3/19 - Looking forward to a couple of fun big band gigs this week. 

First with the Calum Gourlay Big Band at the Vortex on 28/4/19. 

Then with the BBC Big Band and Claire Martin in Edinburgh on 30/4/19! 

4/3/19 - Just finished a fantastic week long tour with U.S.A guitarist Cory Wong and his band! Playing at venues in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, London and Bristol. Awesome funky music infront of awesome crowds! 

6/1/19 - Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to this years musical activities! 

A couple of upcomming gigs I'm looking forward to this month are... 

13th Jan - Gareth Lockrane Big Band at the 606. 

15th Jan - Tom Smith Septet at the Vortex.

29/30/18 - Looking forward to some fun gigs coming up in November!

With the Nikki Isles Big Band at the Vortex on 16th November. 

Gareth Lockrane Big Band at the Spice of Life on 18th November.

James Taylor Quartet & Orchestra at Cadogan Hall on 21st November. 

But first playing again with the swingin' London City Big Band on 31st October at the Spice of Life. 

31/09/18 - It has been a busy and enjoyable September! Highlights include:

- Returning to Villars-sur-ollon, Switzerland, to play at the Villars Vanguard Jam. 

- Playing with John Nemeth and the London Horns in Basel, Switzerland. 

- BBC Big Band concerts in Leeds and Newcastle. 

- Performing at Scarborough Jazz Festival with Stan Sulzmann's Neon Orchestra and Gareth Lockrane's Big Band.

- Alex Mendham Orchestra concert in Colchester. 

Continuing to dep on 42nd Street and Tina Turner the Musical in the West End. 

- Started my new teaching role at Redbridge Music Service as a brass teacher. 

09/08/18 - Had a fantastic night at the Vortex Jazz Club performing with my Quintet. Thanks to everyone who came to support, fantastic crowd! 

Stay tuned for some videos and photos from the gig! 

Now looking forward to playing with Calum Gourlay's big band back at the Vortex on Fri 10th August. Fantastic line up and music by Calum! 

14/07/18 - Pleased to announce that my quintet will be playing at the Vortex jazz club in London on 7th August 2018, 8.00pm! 

Here's a link to the Vortex wesbsite for further info on booking tickets...

http://www.vortexjazz.co.uk/event/olli-martin-quintet/​

Hope to see you there! 

11/07/18 - Lots of fun last night playing on the Tina Turner musical for the first time at Aldwych Theatre in London. Definitely worth a watch! 

24/06/18 - Had a great session recording for the Heritage Orchestra at Angel Studios for their upcoming album release Ibiza Classics. Check out the full album once out later this year and the orchestra's previous work! 

22/05/18 - Pleased to announce that the next gig with my Quintet will be on Friday 1st June at the Con Cellar Bar in London. Looking feared to sharing the evening with 'Dugong' as well. Follow this link for more info and ticket prices on the door.... 

https://www.facebook.com/events/194902147811244/

20/05/18 - Have just got back to the U.K after a couple of days in Switzerland playing at the Villars Vanguard jam session in Villars. Was fantastic to be invited over to be the special guest at the jam session and met lots of wonderful musicians and people along the way! 

02/05/18 - Had a great time at Kansas Smitty's last night with my Quintet! 

Stay tuned for news of more dates for the future.... 

Looking forward to getting back on the road this week for more gigs with the BBC Big Band and the 'Our Finest Hour' tour in Gateshead, Manchester and at the Barbican in London. 

26/04/18 - Not long until my Quintet's next outing, this time at Kansas Smitty's, London on 1st May!  We had a great time at our last gig at the Luna Bar! You can book tickets through the following link.... 

https://www.designmynight.com/london/bars/hackney/kansas-smittys/open-house-with-olli-martin-quintet?t=tickets

24/04/18 - Been a busy few weeks with BBC Big Band gigs in Cardiff, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Southend as part of the 'Our Finest Hour' show. All amongst a gig with the Calum Gourlay Big Band at the vortex and a performance with the brand new Space Between Collective in Southampton, performing a knock-out gig with the Band of Skulls, as well as a trip to Wembley Stadium with Saints Brass for the FA Cup Semi Final! 

On to, Bristol this weekend with ska/reggae band the Dualers before more BBC Big band dates in Gateshead, Manchester and London! 

7/04/18 - Looking forward to some more gigs with my Quintet coming up after the successful gig at the Talking Heads in Southampton. Here's a Youtube link to my tune Sunset that we performed. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6RUR3pWbqM&t=393s&list=PLXefc9X_3Zjm6TVvqXoWMnMSAhWv5JUfc&index=4

Catch us again on 12th April at Luna Bar, Leytonstone and then on 1st May at Kansas Smitty's! 

1/03/18 - Looking forward to performing with the Tom Smith Septet again on Sunday 4th March at the Omnibus, Clapham. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/300894600435358/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1519846588976431

Tickets only £10. Don't miss out on a chance to hear this group of in demand musicians performing Tom's bluesy, soulful and fun music! 

24/02/18 - I had the pleasure to be part of BBC Radio 2s Friday Night Is Music Night, featuring Gregory Porter. Was great fun playing as part of the BBC Big Band with the BBC Concert Orchestrea for the recording and concert at the London Coliseum. 

Follow this link to BBC iPlayer to catch up on the show! 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09rn0n9

14/02/2018 - Am looking forward to the first gig of the year with my quintet on the 22nd March at The Talking Heads, Southampton. The performance will feature Tom Barford, Rupert Cox, Matthew Read and Dave Storey playing new and old tunes from the quintet's repertoire. 

07/01/2018 - Happy New Year! I'm pleased to be able to share the video for my first big band composition, 'Star Drive'. Written during my final year of study at the Royal Academy of Music and recorded in July 2017. 
I hope you enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3dN-Y8kpDY&t=14s

19/09/2017 - Very much looking forward to playing with Stan Sulzmann's Neon Orchestra on Thursday 21st September at the Karamel club in North London. The band is packed full of UK jazz scene stars and legends, not to be missed! 

18/09/2017 - Highlights of the Gareth Lockrane Big Band album launch gig for 'Fistfight At The Barndance' can be found here. Recorded live at Kings Place and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. It was great fun to be a part of the launch for Gareth's amazing new album! 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b094sq72

The album is out now and available online.... http://www.garethlockrane.com

20/08/17 - Had a great time playing with the Tom Smith Septet to a full house at the Progress Theatre in Reading as part of Jazz in Reading. 

Here's a recording front he gig of Tom's brand new gospel tune 'The Light That Shines' featuring Will Barry and yours truly. Enjoy! 

https://soundcloud.com/tomsmithsax/the_light_that_shines

Also a great review of the gig can be read here... http://www.jazzinreading.com/?p=7754&future=true

14/08/17 - Looking forward to performing again with the Tom Smith Septet on 18th August at the Progress Theatre in Reading. We will be playing Tom's original compositions, some new, some old, with a fantastic line up! Visit tho Facebookpage for more details... 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1899793410341969/?notif_t=plan_admin_added&notif_id=150264936543493.

http://www.jazzinreading.com/?p=7449&future=true

05/07/17 - Am very pleased to have graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, achieving first class honours on the BMus jazz course. Has been a busy couple of months leading up to the end of the year with various course deadlines as well as the debut performance of my quintet for my final recital at the 606 Jazz club. Looking forward to keeping busy over the summer and life post education! 

18/05/17 - Looking forward to performing in my final Royal Academy of Music Big Band concert tomorrow, 19th May, 7pm, Duke's Hall at RAM. Free Entry! A concert performing final year students' compositions. My composition 'Star Drive' will be premiered!  

10/05/17 - I will be playing with the Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra Legacy Band on Tuesday 16th May with special guest, piano legend Jason Rebello at the Talking Heads, Southampton! Set to be a fantastic night performing Herbie Hancock's album Headhunters, arranged for big band by Dan Mar-Molinero. The current SYJO band will also be performing new music by Julian Arguelles from his 'Let It Be Told' album. Not to be missed! Follow this link for more details - https://www.facebook.com/events/1865954180323950/

09/05/17 - Have a listen to this Episode of Friday Night Is Music Night! I had a fantastic time recording this show, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, with the BBC Big Band and BBC Concert Orchetra at Hackney Empire back in April. Catch it on the BBC iPlayer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08njs1w

23/04/17 - Looking forward to playing at the Jazz Nursery with the Billy Marrows Octet on Thursday 27th April. 7.30pm - SE1 7LG - http://www.jazznursery.com/?page_id=59

18/04/17 - I am very pleased to have been asked back to play at Bracknell Jazz on Wednesday 2nd May at South Hill Park. I will be playing with The Jazz Lions: Simon Cook – piano, Rudy Cook – double bass, Charlie Hutchinson – drums, at 8pm following support at 7.30pm. 

For booking and event details please visit:

 http://www.southhillpark.org.uk/events/olli-martin-trombone-bracknell-jazz-young-musicians/

16/04/17 - Welcome to my new website. Thanks for visiting and take a look around!

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