Saxophonist, singer, and songwriter, James Martin is a New Orleans staple having performed his music around the world for the past 17 years.
In the last few years, the James Martin Band’s original New Orleans sound has captured the attention of audiences around the world, including at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival; the Copenhagen Jazz Festival; the Spiagge Soul Festival south of Venice, Italy; the New Orleans Jazz Festival in Tel Aviv; Fort L’Ecluse Jazz Festival in southern France; the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland; and more. In 2019, James Martin’s third album, Keep Movin’, extends Martin’s passion for original songwriting, and pushes the boundaries of the musical idioms of Jazz, Funk, New Orleans, Rock, and even pop.
Martin’s energies are also an integral part of Soul Brass Band. Recently the band performed the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee; at the IKSV Istanbul Intl Jazz Festival; with Macy Gray at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam; yearly at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, and Bayou Boogaloo, and other smaller locally-cherished music festivals in New Orleans; and more. In late 2018, Offbeat Magazine’s cover article featured Martin together with long time music partner Derrick Freeman. Martin’s career began in 2002 as an original member of Trombone Shorty’s band whom he toured and recorded with for seven years. He has also worked with Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes, Glen Andrews, Ivan Neville, Paul Sanchez, and Flowtribe. Locally in his hometown of New Orleans, Martin’s band can be found entertaining regularly at New Orleans' premier venues, such as the Spotted Cat, the historic Carousel Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone, and the legendary Tipitina's.
As a songwriter, Martin’s music appears regularly on CBS' NCIS: New Orleans, has been heard recently on Anthony Bourdain's Raw Craft, and features in an episode of Abu Dhabi TV where he represented New Orleans music. Martin also participates in the Preservation Hall's community outreach program teaching music to incarcerated youths at the Travis Hill School. James Martin is a man on a mission to spread the love of New Orleans music around the world.
Educated at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Martin began his professional music career performing as a founding member of Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews’ band, Orleans Avenue. His seven years with Shorty included performances at Bonnaroo Music Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Aspen Jazz Festival, New York’s Apollo Theatre and Central Park, as well as in festivals and renowned venues around the world. In 2012, Martin was featured in an episode of HBO’s Treme alongside Ernie Vincent and legendary saxophonist James Rivers. That same year, he earned a spot playing guitar on the introduction to ESPN’s 2011 Monday Night Football with fiddler Amanda Shaw. Over the years Martin has travelled 5 continents and 48 US states performing his music.
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