Thursday, February 11, 2010


English jazz drummer Martin Drew, was born on February 11, 1944, in Northhampton. He is recognized as a dedicated, travelled, experienced and respected musician, having played with, been requested by, and constantly in demand to play with many of the world's great musicians. Martin has a wealth of experience, natural ability, a fine technique and the skill to adapt and fit into many different kinds of playing situations. He has been playing for over 50 years, won many awards, and has entries in various books and encyclopaedias all over the world. Martin's track record is one to be proud of, and says more about his career than he could ever say himself.
From 1974 until 2004, Martin toured and recorded in Canada, the USA, South America, Japan, Australia, Europe, and all over the world, with the legendary piano genius, Oscar Peterson, sharing the stage at various times with Joe Pass, Niels Pedersen, Ray Brown, Ulf Wakenius, Herb Ellis, Clark Terry, Ella Fitzgerald, and many legends of the jazz world.
In 2000, with Mornington Lockett he formed the Celebrating The Jazz Couriers quintet, playing the music of the original Jazz Couriers, a group led by Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes. This new band was completed by Nigel Hitchcock, tenor saxophone, Steve Melling, piano, and Andrew Cleydert, double bass.
His current projects include "The New Couriers", paying tribute to the music of Michael Brecker, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Victor Feldman, Jimmy Deuchar, and Clark Terry, as well as continuing to work in various other groups, here and abroad.Also working on a device to transport drums up and down stairs!
The Orcar Peterson Trio (Martin Drew on drums)
Reference - Martin Drew's Homepage

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