About The Andy Martin Quintet

Andy Martin is one of LA’s most in demand trombone players leads a talented quintet of jazz veterans to perform a wide range of jazz be-bop standards and original compositions featuring Tom Ranier on Piano.

Coming from a musical family, trombonist Andy Martin launched his career while still in his teens. His technique and virtuosity quickly established him on the Los Angeles music scene, and since that time he has become one of the most in-demand trombonists across the country, and around the world. His sparkling bebop lines and consummate musicianship make him equally at home on the stage or in the studio, and he maintains a busy schedule in L.A. as a recording artist, sideman, and section player, while traveling frequently for guest appearances.

A world-class jazz musician, Andy has released twelve albums as either leader, or co-leader. These albums showcase his dazzling improvisation alongside other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, and Eric Marienthal. He has also collaborated as a sideman with jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine and Horace Silver. Andy had a long association with British bandleader and jazz promoter Vic Lewis, and was the featured soloist on many of Vic’s CDs.

Additionally, he is well-known for his work as a lead player and featured soloist with virtually every big band in L.A. Most notably, Andy is the lead trombonist and featured soloist with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. He is also the lead trombonist and soloist for The Tom Kubis Band and soloist for the Bill Holman Big Band. Andy has also appeared in bands led by Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, Quincy Jones, Matt Cattingub, Bob Curnow, Patrick Williams, and Sammy Nestico, among others. Andy was also the trombonist for Poncho Sanchez for two years.

Andy has long been one of L.A.’s first call trombonists for commercial recordings, television and motion pictures and live theater. He has contributed on albums for many popular artists, including the Pussycat Dolls, Coldplay, and Michael Buble. His television credits include every major awards show: the Grammys, the Emmys, the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Andy has been the lead trombonist on the wildly popular television show, “Dancing With The Stars” in every season dating back to its inception in 2005. He was also lead trombonist for the mega-hit show, “American Idol” in seasons 1-3. Andy has appeared regularly on the soundtracks of hit television shows like “Family Guy”, “American Dad”, “King of the Hill” and many others. His motion picture credits include the soundtracks of over 150 major films, including a project with Grammy Award winning rap artist Kanye West for the soundtrack of Mission Impossible III. He can be heard on the soundtracks of such movies as “John Carter”, “Tin Tin”, “Glory Road”, “Just Like Heaven”, “Rush Hour”, “Planet of the Apes”, and animated hits like “Monsters, Inc.”, “Robots”, and “Cars”, as well as “Spiderman”, “Big Fat Liar”, “Enemy of the State”, “Armageddon”, “Patch Adams”, and “Romeo Must Die.” Andy is also first call trombonist at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater, where he has played for Broadway hits like Mel Brooks’ “The Producers”, Disney’s “The Lion King”, “Wicked”, and “Hairspray”.

Andy’s first influence was his father, music educator and trumpeter David Martin. He also owes much to his teachers and outstanding fellow musicians Charlie Shoemake, Robert Simmergren and Roy Main. As an instructor himself, Andy has influenced countless young players. He has appeared at many colleges and universities throughout the country as a guest artist and clinician, and can be contacted regarding availability.

The broad range of his career is a credit to his exceptional talent. He counts among his influences the trombone greats Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana, as well as saxophonist Michael Brecker and trumpeter Clifford Brown. He has incorporated these different elements into a personal style that is a balance of accuracy and spontaneity, discipline and creativity. He covers the whole range of the instrument with the same warm tone and impeccable articulation, and is equally adept in all styles, with a vocabulary of ideas that never grows stale. His exciting improvisations and melodic fluidity showcase a level of technique hardly matched among trombonists.

When: Thursday, December 4, 2014. 7:30 PM
Where: Inside Pete Carlson’s Golf & Tennis
$25 Admission | Students are FREE
All non-profit proceeds benefit young musicians in the Coachella Valley.