Zeke Martin

“In addition to the high musicianship and the individual creativity, what are most notable are the group’s distinctive sound and the creative arrangements.”
Scott Yanow
Author of The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76

“…puts a modernist funk-fusion-dub- spin on jazz..."
-Jazz Times Magazine

Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1973, Zeke Martin entered the world with a pair of drumsticks in his hands. As a child, he had a strong appreciation for diverse musical styles such as Jazz, Funk, Reggae and Rock, and was heavily influenced by his father, the late Stu Martin, who played with Jazz royalty including Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland and Quincy Jones.

At the age of 12, Zeke made his musical debut with Steve Lacy, in France. He later moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School where he received the Pasquale and Mary Reale Music Aw ard. After playing drums from such an early age, Zeke did the college of “the road” between being with his father and going pro after high school. In 1994, Zeke moved to New York City Island joining a world music group led by Jeremy Lodeon and recording a CD called “In Between Two Worlds”.

Moving back to Boston he began working with The Ed Jones Quartet. After the release of their first CD, the group changed members, modified their sound, and changed their name to Groove 2. The new group featured top Boston musicians including Antonio Jackson, Ray Archie, Aaron Spevack and Ed Jones, performed at top Boston venues including The Berklee Performance Center, and recording the CD G2T.

Zeke started his own group, The Zeke Martin Project, and recorded their first CD, LANDSCAPES, on GigCity Records in 2001, FUNKY STUFF in 2006 and U4RIA in 2009. The Zeke Martin Project just won Best Jazz CD at New England Urban Music Awards. The Project has performed at popular venues including Sweet Rhythm in NYC, The Middle East, Slade’s, The Piano Factory, Ryle’s Jazz Club, The Sky Bar, Evo’s Arts, Northeastern University, Babson College, The Kirkland Café, sharing bills with The Neville Brothers, Funk Brothers, Ali?Ollie Woodson and Regina Bell.

Zeke strong reviews in Drum Magazine (2002), the LA Jazz Scene, and Jazz Times Magazine April 2010. Currently Zeke is an endorsee with Creation Drums (2009), Evans Drumheads (2009), Murat Diril Cymbals (2009), Mono Cases (2009); Vic Firth Drum sticks (2005).

Committed to sharing his passion and love for music, Zeke also serves as a drum coach and instructor for students in the greater New England area including teaching at Music and Arts Center in Newton and Milford and Northeastern University