Martin Hathaway - saxophone
"Somehow, being away from home frees you up from the usual hangups about your own playing and makes you more willing to experiment. I learnt a lot of important principles here that stay with me today. Burned into my memory are visions of late night jams and french wine."
Martin Hathaway was born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1969. He studied music privately, and at the Chelmsford Junior Music School from 1979 – 1987, and played in the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra from 1984 – 1990. He formed his first quartet from within this group in 1986.
He attended the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London from 1987 – 1991, obtaining a first-class honours degree and the LGSM diploma in jazz studies, and was lead alto sax in the award-winning Guildhall Jazz Band during that time.
Martin Hathaway has become an important and highly respected member of the British jazz scene, having performed with many of the country’s leading musicians. He has played in many different ensembles covering a wide range of styles, from vintage jazz to abstraction, although he is probably best known for his long association (since 1988) with pianist and composer Michael Garrick, playing in a variety of his projects; and for his work in the London Jazz Orchestra, where his playing and compositions are regularly featured. He has played in Big Bands led by Mike Westbrook, Stan Sulzmann, Pete Hurt and Duncan Lamont and has appeared with the Dankworth Generation Band, 'Vile Bodies' and Keith Nichols' Cotton Club Orchestra. He has also performed with Stacey Kent, Clark Tracey, Alec and Jacqui Dankworth, the Pizza Express Modern Jazz Sextet, Digby Fairweather, Campbell Burnap, Brian Dee, Tina May and Nikki Iles.
The 'New Quartet' led by Michael Garrick, features Martin Hathaway extensively as player and composer, and they released a CD in 2002 to great critical acclaim. The group continues to tour regularly throughout the UK and was a major feature during 2003, celebrating Garrick’s 70th birthday. Hathaway has also been touring the UK and has recorded a CD with 'Time Zone' - a quintet led by trumpeter Loz Speyer. 'Time Zone' played for a week at Ronnie Scott’s club in February 2005. Martin is also collaborating with fellow saxophonists Martin Speake, Phil Bancroft and Tony Kofi in an improvising sax quartet. A CD of the quartet is due for release in 2005.
Martin Hathaway has been extremely active in music education for a number of years. He has been a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama since 1991, where he teaches jazz skills and general musicianship, and was appointed Head of Undergraduate Jazz in 1998. He was formerly a lecturer in Jazz Arranging and History at Goldsmiths’ College, London, and was a founding member of the East London Jazz Project, which ran regular workshops and gigs during the 1990’s.