Martin Dobson (saxophones) will be at Jazznights on Sunday 13th October 2013. this great session saxophonist will be featuring tracks from his MIDNIGHT OIL Quartet repertoire.
In a change to the advertised program Jazznights will have Martin Dobson on saxophone Martin Dobson and flute specialising in ‘chilled out’ instrumental jazz (with a dash of pop, soul and funk) on Sunday 13th October 2013. Martin is a Saxophonist /Flautist /Clarinetist with over 40 years of professional playing experience including: 23 years as a busy freelance player on the London scene. During his career he has been called on to play for commercial recordings, adverts and television programmes and film, as well accompany many major artists including Shakatak in concert. He also composes and records for production music libraries and teaches music privately.
Martin started clarinet lessons at age twelve, but soon became more interested in playing guitar in a local rock group that he’d formed!, but later after having seen Georgie Fame and Zoot Money (early exponents of ‘British Rhythm and Blues’ at London’s famed ‘Flamingo Club’) performing locally, he persuaded his dad to buy him a tenor sax, then one afternoon a friend played him a record by the legendry American R&B saxplayer ‘King Curtis’ and he knew immediately that he wanted to play in that style. Martin turned professional with a local group in the late sixties but they broke up after a few months, not wanting to have to have return to a ‘day gig’ he got practicing and landed a job playing on a P&O cruise ship, after a year he took a residency with a ‘cover band’ at ‘Tiffany’s’ Derby before enrolling at Leeds College of Music .
He left music college after 9 months for a summer season at ‘Butlins’ Skegness. Martin moved to London in 1973 for a six night a week residency playing tenor sax, baritone sax and flute with the Tony Evans Band at the Empire Ballroom Leicester Square, the band had regular BBC broadcasts and toured the UK and Europe backing artists such as Tom Jones and Gilbert O’Sullivan. Next came a residency in the ‘house band’ at ‘Caesars Palace’ Luton backing singers, jugglers, comedians, ventriloquists, performing dogs and drag acts!… during that period he started to become a busy freelance player on the London scene, some of Martin’s credits are listed below….
He has appeared on record sessions with Eurythmics, Elkie Brooks, Cliff Richard, The Blues Band, Toyah, Gil Evans, Sacha Distel, Tracey Ullman, Shakatak, The Tremeloes, Hank Marvin, Billy McKenzie, amongst many others.
He has toured in concerts with Marvin Gaye, Gibert O’Sullivan, Johnny Mathis, Franki Valli & the Four Seasons, Eurythmics, Supremes, Four Tops, Freddie Starr, Temptations, Martha & the Vandellas, Inspirational Gospel Choir, Drifters, Frankie Laine, Gloria Gaynor.
His main Influences are B.B. King, Cannonball Adderley, James Taylor, Stanley Turrentine, Wilton Felder, Tom Scott, Pete Christlieb, King Curtis, Stan Getz, Paul Horn
Over the years Martin has worked with some very talented musicians in all kinds of musical situations exposing him to a huge variety of musical styles. He’s currently kept busy writing and recording music for production music libraries and playing jazz gigs and functions in East Anglia with his band ‘Midnight Oil’.Weapons in his armoury include Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Soprano sax, Baritone Sax, Flute and Clarinet.
Martin will be playing with the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio at The Cherry Tree. Come along for this gig with Martin accompanied by the Roger Odell Jazznights Trio – one of the finest trios in the East of England. Remember to book your places
Jazznights is at The Cherry Tree, The Function Suite, The Cherry Tree, Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, Suffolk, CO10 7BY.
Tel: 01787 237263 Admission £8. Doors 7.30pm. Music 8.00-10.30pm.
Reserve your table seating on 01787 237653 or email. Pay on the night.
Food available and can be served before or during the performance.
For further information and future gigs go to www.jazz-nights.com