Zeke Martin

Born in Brussels in 1973, Zeke Martin entered the world with a pair of drumsticks in his hands. Influenced by his father, Stu Martin, who played with Jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland and Quincy Jones to name a few, Zeke’s musical repertoire includes a blend of Jazz, Funk, R&B, Reggae, Rock and more.

In 1985, at the age of 12, Zeke had his first gig with Steve Lacy, in France. Shortly after, he moved to the United States where he began a successful career, including the formation of Zeke Martin & The Oracle in 2000. Since then The Oracle has released four CD’s entitled LANDSCAPES (2001), FUNKY STUFF (2006), U4RIA (2009), 4 (2012) and SAY WHAT (2014). Zeke’s band, The Oracle, was awarded Best Jazz CD (U4RIA) by the New England Urban Music Award (2010). The band has been reviewed in Jazz Times Magazine (April 2010 and January 2012) and by Scott Yanow from LA Jazz Scene (Jun. 2009, Jan. 2012). Their latest CD, Say What, has been submitted to the Grammys two years in a row (2014) and (2015).

Zeke’s unique and soulful style has enabled him to secure endorsement deals with Vic Firth Sticks (2005), Creation Drums (2009), Zildjian Cymbals (2015), Evans Drumheads (2009), Kickport (2010), Kaces (2013), Grombal (2014), Cymbal Chief (2014), Rooster Thrones (2013), Beato Bags (2010), Mono Cases (2009) and DeCreshendo Jewelry (2014)

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Drummer Zeke Martin has made a musical mark for himself. The son of the great drummer Stu Martin, Zeke played with Steve Lacy when he was just 12, recorded and performed regularly with a rock group in New England when he was 16, and became a major part of the jazz scene a few years later. After working with the Ray Brown Quartet in 1999, he formed the Zeke Martin Project. U4RIA is the group’s latest recording.

The quartet (with Sean Berry on tenor and soprano, keyboardist Yusaki Yoshimura and bassist Rozhan Razman) performs six jazz standards plus one song (Jaco Pastorius’ “ Teen Town ”) that is almost one

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Boston

Credentials/Background

I have been teaching for over 10 years. I teach all levels. I teach the student how to play the drums not just how to play rudiments....

Clinic/Workshop Information

In my clinics I talk about the drummers role in a band, keeping the pocket and remembering where the drum beat comes from.

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Put It In Ya Hat

Self Produced
2019

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#SUF

EZ Groove Records
2016

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Say What

Self Produced
2014

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U4RIA

Self Produced
2009

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