Born in Brussels, 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. Zeke’s musical repertoire includes a blend of Jazz, Funk, Reggae and Rock. 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 music career in recording and performing along the east coast as a free lance drummer. In 2000 The Zeke Martin Project was formed and has released three CD’s entitled LANDSCAPES (2001), FUNKY STUFF (2006) and U4RIA (2009). The Zeke Martin Project’s unique and soulful style has enabled them to receive accolades from Drum! Magazine (August 2002) and Scott Yanow from LA Jazz Scene (June 2009). The ZMP has performed in many locations throughout the northeast region, including the Berklee Performance Center, The House Of Blues in Boston, The Black Repertory Theater in RI, Minton’s Playhouse and Sweet Rhythm, in NYC and many more. Additionally, The Zeke Martin Project has shared the stage with such star performers as The Neville Brothers, The Funk Brothers, Ali-Ollie Woodson from the Temptations, and Regina Bell to name a few. Currently, The Zeke Martin Project resides in Boston, MA and continues to perform along the east coast.
Creation Drums, Vic Firth Sticks, Murat Cymbals, Mono Cases
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
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....
In my clinics I talk about the drummers role in a band, keeping the pocket and remembering where the drum beat comes from.