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Martin Hathaway


Martin Hathaway is a British jazz performer, composer and music educator who works with many ensembles covering a wide range of styles.


He plays saxophones, clarinets and flutes, and occasionally gigs on piano. He composes and arranges his own music for small and large ensembles and leads his own occasional groups.


As a performer, he is probably best known for his long associations with the late British jazz pianist / composer Michael Garrick, trumpeter Loz Speyer, and with the London Jazz Orchestra, where his playing and compositions are regularly featured.


Martin has worked alongside many noted international and UK jazz musicians including; Wynton Marsalis, Randy Brecker, Billy Cobham, Dave Holland, Dave Liebman, Dame Cleo Laine, Alec and Jacqui Dankworth, David Friesen, and many others.

Martin also works as a session musician, including touring and recording with ‘Radiohead’, performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and recording music for radio, television and film. 

As an educator, Martin is perhaps best known for his continuing long service (since 1991) as a professor of jazz studies at the Guildhall School in London. He led jazz curricula at the school for 21 years, as Coordinator of Undergraduate Jazz 1994-2007 and Head of Jazz Studies 2007-2015, and was awarded a fellowship of the school in recognition of his work in 2011.

He is also a long serving tutor for Essex Music Services (since 1989), Musical Director of the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra (since 1991) and the Essex Youth Jazz Quintet and Sextet, and is professor of saxophone, clarinet and keyboard at the University Centre, Colchester.

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