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Martin Speake

Martin Speake was born in Barnet, England, in 1958. There was music in the family and his grandmother was a pub pianist all her life having started off playing for silent films. A cousin was a semi professional jazz pianist who was inspired by Bill Evans, his mother loved Ella Fitzgerald and his auntie and uncle listened to Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and Errol Garner.

He left school at 16 with very few qualifications and bought an alto saxophone. After studying some music theory he first went to Southgate Technical College and then to Trinity College of Music to study classical saxophone from 1977 to 1981. At that time there were no jazz courses in London.

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Generations
Generations
Pumpkin Records
2008
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Spark
Spark
Pumpkin Records
2007
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Change Of Heart
Change Of Heart
ECM Records
2006
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Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Jazzizit
2005
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My Ideal
My Ideal
Basho Records
2005
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Secret
Secret
Basho Records
2004
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