“Heidi Martin’s voice has a heavy Rickie Lee Jones bottom with a suggestion of Joni Mitchell and Betty Carter and just a hint of Janis Joplin in the finish.”
– All About Jazz
“Spirited and Self-assured”
– The Washington Post
Martin was hand-picked to compete in the London International Jazz Vocal Competition (LIJC), where she placed as a top finalist among some 107 competitors from over 25 nations.
A passionate songstress who, while in college,performed under the direction of Oscar Brown Jr. in on of his Musical Play’s “Four Women”.
The Washington D.C. Native, was the first and continued to be a recurring “Artist in Residency” at Bohemian Caverns on Hitstoric U Street NW, DC. A Frequent Vocalist at 18th Street Lounge with Trumpeter DonVonte McCoy’s Quitet. Martin has performed to sold out audiences at Dumbarton Oaks tributes to Abbey Lincoln & Ella Fitzgerald in DC Jazzfest, Brice Rosenblooms NYC’s WinterJazzfest, CapitolBop’s DC Jazzloft, National Black Arts Festival-ATL, Georgia.
Since making her debut on the music scene. Each independently released project; Alone Together (1998) and HIDE (2005), See hear, Love (2008) have been met with critical acclaim and have lead Martin to domestic and international touring since her professional career began.
Internationally She has performed at Pori Jazz Festival, in Pori, Finland and the grand opening of L’hotel Kenzi in Casablanca, Morocco. A sought after collaborator, Martin has performed and/or recorded with Steve Williams Quintet, Russell Gunn, Eric Revis, Orrin Evans, Nicholas Payton, Gregoire Maret,
Her compositions :Memphis, Rice, I Wanna Comfort You, Why Do I?, were chosen as a soundtrack to REVOLUTION ’67 – a documentary about the 1967 Newark rebellion by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno. The film was screened at the 27th Annual IFP Market in New York and debuted on PBS July 10th, 2007.