Born: January 19 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
“ONLY TRUST YOUR HEART”, Scott Martin’s fifth CD; invites you to sit back, trust your heart and journey with him through the brilliant colors that reflect the vibrant and sensuous soul of Brazil. Brazilian music is full of passion, of sentiment, of joy. Wherever you go in Brazil there is always the music entrancing, enchanting, and enticing you to sail away. This is the essence that captivated Scott Martin and motivated him to bring his take on Brazilian classics and influenced his original compositions. The result is an excellent album from a jazz perspective but at the same time continuing with the tradition of the great Brazilian samba, bossa nova and Brazilian jazz.
Scott Martin plays Tenor, Alto, Baritone, Soprano Saxophone and flute. Scott Martin has five CDs as a leader, “Only Trust Your Heart”, Organic Voodoo Juice, Menudo & Gritz, Cafe Cubano, and A Martin Family Christmas. He has performed all over the world with many artists but is best known for his successful tenure with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band for over fourteen years, winning a Grammy with the band for 'Best Latin Jazz Performance'. Scott played on over ten of the band's CDs, playing all sax parts and contributing compositions and arrangements for over 10 of the band's CDs. They traveled all over the world and played such prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre, as well as jazz festivals and clubs all over the USA, Asia, South America and Europe.
Besides playing Jazz Saxophone and Flute, Scott is a well rounded versatile performer who has played with many artists and performers such as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Mongo Santamaria, Francisco Aguabella, Ray Charles, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker, James Moody, Barry Manilow, Dr Dre, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Harris, Chick Corea, Karrin Allyson, Diane Reeves, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Larry Coryell, Booker T, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Wayne Henderson, Joey Defrancesco, Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Eddie Palmieri, Ry Cooder, Andy Montañez and many others.
Scott Martin is also a member of the Martin Brother Horns with his 2 brothers Stan Martin and Andy Martin and is also a longstanding member of Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars.
Scott's compositions and playing have been featured on Television shows such as Sex and the City', As The World Turns, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, and many more.
He has also been an active studio musician playing on Television, Commercials and Film Productions. He also runs his own music production company 'Scott Martin Music'.
Scott can be seen performing his original compositions at concerts and jazz festivals all over with his band. They have performed a tour of Japan, Canada, played at the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, Temecula International Jazz Festival, Oxnard Jazz Festival, Brea Jazz Festival and concerts all over California. He has also performed with the King of Thailand at His Majesty's Summer Palace.