Stu Martin (drummer)

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Stu Martin
Birth nameStuart Victor Martin
Born(1938-06-11)June 11, 1938
Liberty, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 12, 1980(1980-06-12) (aged 42)
Paris, France
Years active1950s–1979

Stuart Victor Martin (June 11, 1938 – June 12, 1980) was an American jazz drummer.[1]


Martin was a professional musician by the age of sixteen when he played drums for the big bands of Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Les and Larry Elgart, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Quincy Jones, and Billy May. In the 1960s he worked with Gary Burton, Donald Byrd, Curtis Fuller, Herbie Hancock, Oliver Nelson, Sonny Rollins, Steve Swallow, and Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. He was a member of a band in West Germany that consisted of Lee Konitz, Albert Mangelsdorff, and Attila Zoller and in a band with Rolf Kuhn and Joachim Kuhn. Until 1972 he was in The Trio with Barre Phillips and John Surman, then as a member with Charlie Mariano. In the 1970s he recorded with Carla Bley, Slide Hampton, and John McLaughlin.[2]


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Curtis Fuller

With Quincy Jones

With Sonny Rollins

With Tomasz Stańko, Tomasz Szukalski

  • Double Concerto for Five Soloists and Orchestra (Poljazz, 1972)

With Tomasz Stańko, Janusz Stefański

With others


  1. ^ Carles, Philippe; Clergeat, Andre; Comolli, Jean Louis. Dictionnaire du jazz (Nouvelle éd. augmentée ed.). Paris: Robert Laffont. p. 775. ISBN 978-2221078228.
  2. ^ Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 721. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  3. ^ "Stu Martin | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Stu Martin | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 October 2017.