Vocalist and composer Heidi Martin began her career singing in church in her home city, Washington, D.C. A protégé of legendary drummer/vocalist Grady Tate, Martin flourished under his direction and soon introduced herself to the New York jazz scene in a rewarding showcase at Birdland. She went on to perform at famous New York haunts such as the Blue Note, the Knitting Factory, Zinc Bar (w/Ron Affif) and Metronome, among others. She also performed in D.C. area at Blues Alley and Twins Lounge, and in Philadelphia at Zanzibar Blue.
In March 2006, Martin was hand-picked to compete in the 2006 London International Jazz Vocal Competition (LIJC), where she placed as a finalist among some 107 competitors from over 25 nations. Her song Why Do I? made its film debut in REVOLUTION ’67, a documentary about the 1967 Newark riots by Emmy-nominated husband and wife team Jerome Bongiorno and Marylou Tibaldo Bongiorno.
Her latest CD, HIDE, features a blend of characters who lend their genius to the ‘lyric’ including: on tabla Badal Roy, on harmonica Gregoire Maret, bassist Eric Revis, drummer Dana Murray, pianists Orrin Evans and James Hurt on organ, percussionist Kahlil Kwame Bell, guitarist Thor Madsen, and horn players Sherman Irby, Vincent Gardner and Sean Edmonds. All About Jazz praised the recording: “…Primarily a lyrics-oriented recording, employing the sparest (and most tasteful) accompaniment as a vehicle for her words and images. Lyrically, Hide is a humidly anxious recording peppered with piquant, frank sensual/sexual/spiritual imagery …a breezy stroll through the Civil Rights movement at a level deeper than the mere political.”