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)