Martin is now regarded as one of the top jazz trumpet soloists in the country. He plays in an extraordinary range of settings, from big band to quartet, cutting edge jazz to contemporary pop and funk.
He began playing trumpet aged 11 and in 1981 became a member of NYJO, remaining there for 3 years, playing a varied big band programme. In 1985 Martin gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London to study classical trumpet and jazz, graduating after three years with a G.R.S.M Hons degree and an L.R.A.M. In 1989 Martin was invited to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, before returning to London to finish his studies at the Guildhall School of Music with a one-year post graduate course in jazz and studio music.
In 2001, Martin was appointed professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
As a freelance player Martin has worked with most of the leading jazz artists of the last 40 years including Cleo Laine, Sir John Dankworth, Pete King, and Tim Garland. His big band work includes the BBC Big Band and the Michelle Legrand Jazz Orchestra. Along with session and T.V. work Martin still finds time to perform with classical ensembles and in West End shows and has recorded, performed live and toured extensively with various pop artists including Sting, Jamiroquai, Natalie Cole, Paul Young and the Brand New Heavies.