Stu Martin (drummer)

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Stu Martin (June 11, 1938, Liberty, New York – June 12, 1980, Paris, France)[1]) was an American jazz drummer.

Martin began playing in 1956. He was appearing with the orchestras of Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson and with Herbie Hancock. During 1965-1966, he played in Europe with Donald Byrd, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Jean-Luc Ponty, Don Byas and Dexter Gordon. He returned to the United States to join the Gary Burton Quartet. Subsequently he appeared in Europe with Attila Zoller, Joachim Kühn, Red Mitchell and Slide Hampton. In October 1969, he became a member of "The Trio", consisting of John Surman on Sax and Barre Phillips on Bass.

With this group, he toured England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland - playing at concerts and at all the important European Festivals. In October 1971, the "Trio" disbanded. Stu started playing with "AMBUSH", consisting of Barre Phillips on bass, Peter Warren on bass and cello, and Charlie Mariano on saxophones. Stu Martin went on to play with such greats as John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus and with Albert Mangelsdorff. In 1969 Stu played drums on two albums by Belgian duo Jess & James who had also Scott Bradford in the line-up.


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. ^ Philippe Carles, André Clergeat et Jean-Louis Comolli, Dictionnaire du jazz, Ed. Robert Laffont, Coll. Bouquins, Paris, 1994, p. 775
  2. ^ "Stu Martin | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 October 2017.