Martin Speake – Saxophone

Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent.’ Thomas Conrad – Jazz Times

His career began touring the world with award winning saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers. Then he became established as a composer and improviser, recording 18 CD’s under his own name. Including the ECM release Change Of Heart with Paul Motian, Bobo Stenson and Mick Hutton. His own record label Pumpkin Records is soon to release its sixth CD, his main project is a trio performing original music. A committed jazz educator, teaching at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Royal Academy of Music and National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School

Martin is as comfortable playing personal interpretations of the music of Charlie Parker with his quartet, free improvising with drummer Mark Sanders, playing ballads in duet with Ethan Iverson or with Indian musicians Dharambir Singh and Sarvar Sabri.

He has recorded 18 cds under his own name of diverse projects including the internationally acclaimed ECM release Change Of Heart with Paul Motian, Bobo Stenson and Mick Hutton.

His own record label Pumpkin Records is soon to release its sixth cd, an improvised duo with classical pianist Douglas Finch entitled Sound Clouds.

His main project is a trio with guitarist Mike Outram and US drummer Jeff Williams performing original music. Martin is a committed jazz educator and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Royal Academy of Music and National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School.

He has a BSc in Nutritional Medicine and has his own practice for clients who want to improve their health through diet and lifestyle changes.