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Nationally Known Jazz Performer Joins OHS Jazz Ensembles Friday

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High School Jazz Ensembles will be presenting their annual “Evening of Big Band Jazz” this Friday in the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m.

Music staff member Steve Defren said, “This year we are welcoming Los Angeles based trombonist Andy Martin. He has played in numerous big bands including Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, had recorded several solo albums and has many, many movie and television credits to his name.”

Andy Martin
Andy Martin

Defren noted this is a free concert and usually a full house attends the annual event which also features the graduating seniors.

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, Martin 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.

He 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, he 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.

He  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.

Martin 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.

He 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. He 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.”

He 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.”

His 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, he has influenced countless young players. He has appeared at many colleges and universities throughout the country as a guest artist and clinician.