Stu Martin

born on 20/6/1938 in Liberty, NY, United States

died on 11/6/1980 in Paris, Île-de-France, France

Stu Martin (drummer)

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Stu Martin (June 11, 1938 in Liberty, NY June 12, 1980 in Paris, France)[1] was an American jazz drummer.

Martin began playing in 1956. He was appearing with the orchestras of Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson and with Herbie Hancock. During 1965-1966, he played in Europe with Donald Byrd, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Jean-Luc Ponty, Don Byas and Dexter Gordon. He returned to the United States to join the Gary Burton Quartet. Subsequently he appeared in Europe with Attila Zoller, Joachim Kühn, Red Mitchell and Slide Hampton. In October 1969, he became a member of "The Trio", consisting of John Surman on Sax and Barre Phillips on Bass. With this group, he toured England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland - playing at concerts and at all the important European Festivals. In October 1971, the "Trio" disbanded. Stu started playing with "AMBUSH", consisting of Barre Phillips on bass, Peter Warren on bass and cello and Charlie Mariano on saxophones. Stu Martin went on to play with such greats as John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus and with Albert Mangelsdorff. In 1969 Stu played drums on two albums by Belgian duo Jess & James who had also Scott Bradford in the line-up.


Stu Martin / John Surman

  • Live At Woodstock Town Hall (Dawn, 1975)

With Curtis Fuller

  • Boss of the Soul-Stream Trombone (Warwick, 1960)
  • The Magnificent Trombone of Curtis Fuller (Epic, 1961)

With Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross

  • Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross! (Columbia, 1960)

With Quincy Jones

  • Newport '61 (Mercury, 1961)
  • The Quintessence (Impulse!, 1961)

With Sonny Rollins

  • The Standard Sonny Rollins (RCA Victor, 1964)

With Scott Bradford

  • Rock Slides (Command/Probe, 1969)

With Jess & James

  • Jess & James (Palette, 1969); Revolution, Evolution, Change! (Palette, 1969)

With John McLaughlin

  • Where Fortune Smiles (Dawn, 1970)

On 3LP Ossiach Live (BASF, 1971) (One side with Georg Grunz + One piece with The Trio)

With Barre Phillips

  • Mountainscapes (ECM, 1976)


  1. Philippe Carles, André Clergeat et Jean-Louis Comolli, Dictionnaire du jazz, Ed. Robert Laffont, Coll. Bouquins, Paris, 1994, p. 775
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