|Born in 1969, Martin's love of music took shape in his early teens, writing songs and playing guitar. He studied classical guitar through to Bristol University, while having piano as a second instrument and exploring compositional approaches.
After University he took a PGCE in secondary music education and then moved to Oxford to teach music in a secondary school. It was at this time that his interest in jazz piano dominated his musical activities.
In 1998 Martin left his teaching post to work as a freelance jazz pianist and teacher. Since this time he has worked in a variety of settings and worked with a wide array of Britain's most talented musicians.
He has recorded his own CD I'll Be With You Again in 2005 and played on albums by Diane Nalini, Tim Wilson, 3BPM, and Frank Hockney. He was featured as a composer on all of these apart from Frank's project.
His main focus at the moment is the group 3BPM and the songwriting collaboration with Tony Isaacs.
3 bpm First Hearing SLAM 274 CD
Andy Hamilton, Jazz Review, April/May 2008
3 bpm are a UK trio of Martin Pickett (piano), Paul Jeffries (bass) and Ben Twyford (drums) who first got together in Oxford two years ago. Their debut album features a strikingly conceived programme of pop and folk songs plus three excellent originals by Pickett. Elvis Costello's "Baby Plays Around" proves surprisingly amenable to a jazz treatment, while the simple structures of "Scarborough Fayre" yield a totally convincing re-composition. Pat Metheny's "The Red One" gets a catchy, funky interpretation. This is highly original playing, and in some ways a more persuasive use of contemporary material than Brad Mehldau's.
|Martin Pickett, jazz musician, composer and teacher based in Oxford.
Keyboard player with 3bpm and other jazz groups.