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Born in 1969, Martin's love of music took shape in his early teens, writing songs and playing guitar. He studied classical guitar through to Bristol University, while having piano as a second instrument and exploring compositional approaches.
After University he took a PGCE in secondary music education and then moved to Oxford to teach music in a secondary school. It was at this time that his interest in jazz piano dominated his musical activities.
In 1998 Martin left his teaching post to work as a freelance jazz pianist and teacher. Since this time he has worked in a variety of settings and worked with a wide array of Britain's most talented musicians.
3 bpm First Hearing SLAM 274 CD
Andy Hamilton, Jazz Review, April/May 2008
3 bpm are a UK trio of Martin Pickett (piano), Paul Jeffries (bass) and Ben Twyford (drums) who first got together in Oxford two years ago. Their debut album features a strikingly conceived programme of pop and folk songs plus three excellent originals by Pickett. Elvis Costello's Baby Plays Around proves surprisingly amenable to a jazz treatment, while the simple structures of Scarborough Fayre yield a totally convincing re-composition. Pat Metheny's The Red One gets a catchy, funky interpretation
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