Martin Longhawn is one of the most in demand Piano and Keyboard players in the North of England. Having recently graduated of Leeds College of Music with First Class Honours, Martin has been playing for well over 10 years and has a wealth of experience performing around the UK as both a soloist as well as within a number of ensembles. Originally studying classical piano, Martin has a vast repertoire covering jazz, soul, funk, rock and popular music.
Influences include jazz musicians Larry Goldings, Jason Rebello, Robert Glasper, Terrance Blanchard through to pop rock artists including Bruce Hornsby, Booker T. Jones, The Roots. Blues musician Jon Cleary is also a very big influence along with countless others.
“On keyboard, Longhawn – a new name to me – proved to be yet another star in the making to emerge from that cauldron of culture known as Leed”. (Krysztof Urbanski – The Urban Jazz Society gig review Splinter@The Bridge, Newcastle, Lance @ Bebop Spoken Here, 2014)“Her vocals sound cool and unforced, and an imaginative piano solo from Martin Longhawn really helps to build the song up”. (Kate Peters Septet gig review Coastival Festival @ Scarborough Spa, 2014)
“York born pianist Martin Longhawn does an excellent job of holding down the (sometimes quite complex) bass lines while helping to build the texture of the pieces with tasteful right hand comping”. (Svarc Hanley Longhawn album review, John Marley @ Jazz in York 2014)
“On the Nord CI Longhawn produced some near Hammond sounds – close your eyes and you may or may not detect the difference”. (Svarc Hanley Longhawn gig review Splinter@The Bridge, Newcastle, Lance @ Bebop Spoken Here, 2013)