“Heidi Martin…spirited and self assured…” – The Washington Post

“Martin has a vision—oneness with all—and she promotes it with her lyrics. She cuts to the chase with little conversation, more Hemingway than Faulkner… demanding, inventive recording that pays the listener dividends in thoughtful consideration and insight.” – All About Jazz

Vocalist/Composer/Washington D.C.native, Heidi Martin studied at the University of the District of Columbia with Professor Calvin Jones. Furthered private study with legendary drummer/vocalist Grady Tate, Martin flourished under his direction. She was introduced to the Jazz scene at a performance in New York at Birdland 1999.

Since that rewarding showcase, Ms. Martin has been performing live at famous New York haunts such as; the Blue Note, the Knitting Factory, Zinc Bar (w/Ron Affif), Cachaca and Metronome among others and nationwide at Zanzibar Blue, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns and Twins Lounge. Internationally she has performed at Pori Jazz Festival in Pori, Finland and at Chelsea’s splendid Cadogan Hall in London, England UK. She has released Alone Together (1999) & HIDE (’05). Ms. Martin is a featured vocalist on Russell Gunn’s 2008 release Love Stories.

Four of her compositions off the HIDE album: Memphis, Rice, I wanna comfort you, and Why Do I?, made their film debut in REVOLUTION ’67. A documentary on the 1967 Newark rebellion, by Emmy-nominated husband and wife team Jerome Bongiorno and Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno. The film was screened at the 27th Annual IFP Market in New York and debuted on PBS July 10th, 2007. Heidi Martin was hand-picked to compete in the 2006 London International Jazz Vocal Competition (LIJC), where she placed as a top finalist among some 107 competitors from over 25 nations.

Ms. Martin has been blessed to perform and/or record with luminary artists such as Keter Betts, Nicholas Payton, Reuben Brown,  Steve Williams, Russell Gunn, Orrin Evans, Eric Revis, Gregoire Maret to name a few…

When Washington’s own, Heidi Martin is not out of town performing, She can be heard singing Jazz Standards in her inimitable style Saturday nights at The Henley Park Hotel in the intimate Blue Room. She is a sensitive vocalist that delivers lyrics in an intimate mood on ballads and can be at once; open and intense yet deliberate on medium swing. In the words of Vanessa Rubin, “soaring soulful riffs, bending notes, and high notes that are so focused so right, they ring! It’s a wonderful experience for the listener!”…all in a style that is the essence of true Jazz, Come out, have a listen…

2 Responses to ““Heidi Martin…spirited and self assured…” – The Washington Post”

  1. Cherette J. SANDERS Says:

    Hello Ms. Heidi Martin, You are awesome!!! Where You been?:)
    I just fill in love with your voice and music so unique:) beautiful!
    I heard your interview on dc radio station WPFW 89.3 FM Friday, June 5, around 5 ish on my way home from work. I work @ Howard Univ. Library. I’ve become a fan, family, whatever! I want more of
    your music. Shared you with my co-worker, she loves jazz too, and
    was loving you and your music. Thank You So Much for making
    me feeling so alive and human. I’ll try to email you soon. Love You Sista Girlfriend, You is what I need. Love, Ms. CJSANDERS 🙂

    • heidimartin Says:

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate your letting me know how the music and interview moved you. I have been surrendering to the music and the muse, things have come together and I feel blessed to have the support of many musicians who play so seriously what has come thru me it causes the music to take on such force, wringing out any apologies that was hidden. I feel very good about my journey now and look forward to many opportunities to share the work! love, hide

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