A musical hybrid of Latin jazz and soul music.
Scott Martin has performed all over the world with many artists but is best known for his successful tenure with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band for over thirteen years winning a Grammy with the band for ‘Best Latin Jazz Performance’.
Not many artists can boast about their Latin Jazz influence and their Soul Jazz leanings like Scott Martin can.
Scott Martin is exploding on the scene as a leader of his own band, Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band, after more than fourteen years of playing with the GRAMMY® Award Winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. He was an influential part of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band and has recorded with Ray Charles, Billy Preston, Sam Moore and many other soul greats.
While Scott Martin was traveling the world, performing, recording, composing and arranging with Poncho Sanchez, they received a GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance and were nominated 3 times. They also won 2 Billboard Music Awards, and embarked on countless World and Nationwide tours. Scott’s numerous compositions have been featured on Poncho’s recordings, as well as on TV shows such as “Sex and the City”, “The Jimmy Kimmel Show”, “As The World Turns” and more.
In addition to being an integral part of the Poncho Sanchez band, he has also performed and recorded with many artists and performers such as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Mongo Santamaria, Francisco Aguabella, Ray Charles, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker, Barry Manilow, Dr Dre, Alex Acuna, Eddie Harris, Chick Corea, Karrin Allison, Diane Reeves, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Larry Coryell, Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson Joey Defrancesco, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Eddie Palmieri and many, many others.
The Scott Martin Latin Soul Band has performed at venues and festivals all over the world in the last couple of years. They performed two tours of Japan, a tour of Canada, they played at the Hawaii International Jazz Festival, Temecula International Jazz Festival, KSDS ‘Jazz Live’ from the Seville Theatre, Brea Jazz Festival, Oxnard Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, MOCA Jazz Series and many more concerts, events, and jazz clubs.
‘Live @ Saville Theatre’, Scott Martin’s seventh CD; is a testament to the band’s potent and compelling live show. This CD was recorded live for a KSDS radio broadcast. This CD starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. All eleven songs are full of energy and really showcase all of the members of Scott’s Latin Soul Band in addition to Scott Martin’s fiery saxophone improvisations!!
‘DANCE’ is Scott Martin’s sixth release and is an extension of the Latin/Soul/Jazz sound that Scott Martin and his band have been putting out for years now with great success and rave reviews. “I love Salsa and Jazz and R&B and this just seemed like the right time to put out a CD combining all those influences.” Said Scott. “In addition to Juliana, I asked some of my favorite singers to come in and sing.” The CD also
features singers Clifton Curtis, Derek Bordeaux and Rick White.
‘ONLY TRUST YOUR HEART’, Scott Martin’s fifth CD; invites you to sit back, trust your heart and journey with him through the brilliant colors that reflect the vibrant and sensuous soul of Brazil. Wherever you go in Brazil there is always the music entrancing and enticing you to sail away. This is the essence that captivated Scott Martin and motivated him to bring his take on Brazilian classics and influenced his original compilations. The result is an excellent album from a jazz perspective but at the same time continuing with the tradition of the great Brazilian samba, bossa nova and Brazilian jazz.
Scott Martin’s fourth CD is called ‘ORGANIC VOODOO JUICE. It is a powerful musical statement from Scott Martin and his Latin Soul collaborators, once again straddling the musical genres of Jazz, Latin and Soul. Scott Martin’s Band has captured some magical moments on this CD. Featuring the B3 organ sounds of Joe Bagg, this CD is reminiscent of the sounds of the classic organ groups of the 1960’s. This CD also features Ramon Banda, a great drummer well respected all over the world. Rene Camacho anchors the rhythm section on bass. The Martin Brother Horns add their horn expertise, and Rick White plays some great guitar as well as contributing some compositions and vocals.
Scott’s first release, “Café Cubano” on SCM Records is a collection of mostly original compositions penned by Scott Martin and/or his collaborator, guitarist Rick White. It’s an array of tunes with influences from Willie Bobo and Mongo Santamaria to Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters. This debut CD received major radio airplay all over the US, Japan, and Europe. Poncho Sanchez performs on
this CD as Scott Martin’s special guest. This CD is *Soulful Latin Jazz at it’s finest!
Scott Martin’s second CD is entitled “Menudo & Gritz”. It combines Scott’s longterm tenure performing Latin Jazz, and his love and experience of playing soul and jazz, and mixes them into a soulful sonic stew that is extremely intoxicating.
It also features three generations of Martin Family Horns!! Scott’s father – Dave ‘Big Daddy’ Martin, his two brothers – Stan and Andy Martin, and his son-Tyler ‘The Kid’ Martin all play. Latin Soul never sounded better!!