All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Heidi Martin

Heidi Martin Heidi Martin

A passionate composer & songstress, Heidi Martin makes each tune her own.

In the words of Vanessa Rubin, “soaring soulful riffs, bending notes, and high notes that are so focused so right, they ring! It’s a wonderful experience for the listener!”

In 2006 Martin was hand-picked to compete in the London International Jazz Vocal Competition (LIJC), where she placed as a top finalist among some 107 competitors from over 25 nations.

A Washington D.C. Native who studied music at the University of the District of Columbia with Professor Calvin Jones and continued at Howard University studying privately with drummer/vocalist Grady Tate (Sarah Vaughn, Quincy Jones). Martin credits both legends with helping her find her “voice” as an artist.

Martin honed her craft in New York City at the legendary Venues & Festivals: The Zinc Bar (w/Ron Affif), Blue Note, Cleapatra's Needle, Smoke, Smalls, The knitting factory's Brice Rosenbloom's Winter Jazzfest. A creative collaborator, Martin has performed and/or recorded with Helen Sung, Sylvia Cuenca, Jennifer Vincent, Russell Gunn, George Colligan, George Burton, Aaron Walker, Richie Goods, Alvester Garnett, Raymond Angry, Reuben Brown, Steve Williams, James King, Kris Funn, Eric Revis, John Lamkin, Gregoire Maret, the late Keter Betts, Nicholas Payton and Orrin Evans since making her debut on the New York jazz scene at Birdland.

Read more


Album Review
  • Hide by C. Michael Bailey
Read more articles
”Martin has a vision-oneness with all-and she promotes it with her lyrics. She cuts to the chase with little converstion, more Hemingway than Faulkener...demanding inventive recording that pays the listener dividends in the thoughtful consideration and insight.” ~All About Jazz





Øra Fonogram

Album Hide by Heidi Martin


Self Produced



Heidi Martin


Carmen McRae Carmen McRae
voice / vocals
Barbara Morrison Barbara Morrison
voice / vocals
Flora Purim Flora Purim
voice / vocals
Robin McKelle Robin McKelle
voice / vocals
Helen Humes Helen Humes
voice / vocals
Della Reese Della Reese
voice / vocals
Gina Leishman Gina Leishman

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.