b. 17 August 1970, DeLand, Florida, USA. Elevated in Florida and St. Louis, where his dad performed the violin using the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and his mom was a violin instructor, he was trained violin at an extremely early age group. At age three, he also started playing piano and within 2 yrs managed also to learn and create musical notation and experienced started to compose. When he was aged 13 he demonstrated a pastime in jazz and his dad, recognizing his personal restrictions, asked the guidance of the visitor who experienced come to execute using the symphony orchestra. This is Wynton Marsalis and therefore started a long-term association. In the past due 80s, Martin went to the Juilliard College of Music and Florida Condition University, studying traditional music. In the mean time, he was going after his jazz piano passions, as he informed JazzReview’s Mike Brannon, by carrying on his childhood hearing jazz on record, citing McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Artwork Tatum, Bud Powell, and Expenses Evans. Later on, Martin relocated to Marsalis’ city, New Orleans, and started additional ongoing musical associations with, amongst others, Marlon Jordan, Tag Whitfield, Johnny Griffin, and Nicholas Payton and Wessell Anderson. Throughout the next couple of years, Martin caused artists such as for example Terence Blanchard and Roy Hargrove, and toured with performers Betty Carter and Dianne Reeves, and in addition made an appearance with Marsalis’ Lincoln Middle Jazz Orchestra. Most crucial, with regards to spreading word of the rising celebrity of jazz piano, had been two albums produced under Joshua Redman’s management that obtained rave evaluations in the worldwide jazz press, Soul Of AS SOON AS Live IN THE Town Vanguard, 1995, and the next year’s Independence In The Groove. In Redman’s music group was another New Orleans musician, drummer Brian Cutter, and Martin provides asserted the way the work from the youthful post-bop music artists in the Crescent Town provides helped him define and develop his very own design. Martin also performed on some paths on Rodney Whitaker’s 1996 Hidden Kingdom. With Whitaker, Ron Blake (saxophone), and Greg Hutchinson (drums), Martin can be a member from the cooperative group, 4-View. International travels in the past due 90s helped build Martin’s popularity as do his own-name documenting debut, which was included with Something Unforeseen, a live documenting from Jazz On the Bistro in St. Louis, where he was became a member of by Payton, Brice Winston (tenor saxophone), Reginald Veal (bass), and Adonis Rose (drums). An excellent technician, Martin is a lot more besides, getting to his playing also to his compositions, a vibrancy and knowing of the advancements in jazz. Through his playing, the continuation of the fantastic custom of jazz piano can be assured.