Martin Drew
February, 11, 1944 - July 29, 2010
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Martin Drew...
Martin was born 11 February 1944, in Northampton, England, and started to play the drums when he was six years old. He played his first professional engagement at thirteen. Studying with the late George Fierstone gave Martin a solid musical and technical background that has proved to be invaluable over the years.

He is recognised as a dedicated, travelled, experienced and respected musician, having played with, been requested by, and constantly in demand to play with many of the world's greatest musicians. Martin has had a wealth of experience, natural ability, a fine technique and the ability to adapt and fit into many different kinds of playing situations. He has been playing for over 40 years, won many awards, and has entries in various books and encyclopaedias all over the world. Martin's track record is one to be proud of and says more about his career than he could ever say himself.

He played with the late, great Ronnie Scott for twenty years, from 1975 to 1995. Over the years, with Ronnie's various bands, and numerous other groups, Martin has performed countless engagements, and continues to perform, at the world famous Ronnie Scott's Club's, in London, England.

Since 1974, Martin has been touring and recording all over the world with the legendary piano genius, Oscar Peterson.

July 29, 2010
Martin Drew died after he suffered a heart attack at his home in Wembley. He leaves a widow, Tessa, a son, two daughters and three granddaughters.


















© Hal Logan








"Martin has been my drummer for twenty years,
and sometimes we played together!"
Ronnie Scott







© Hankd O'Neal
Oscar Peterson, Nils Hennig Orsted Pedersen, Ulf Wakenius & Martin Drew, Aboard QE2, November 8, 1999





© Hankd O'Neal
Oscar Peterson, Nils Hennig Orsted Pedersen, Ulf Wakenius & Martin Drew, Aboard QE2, November 8, 1999



performed with:

Oscar Peterson
Ronnie Scott
Mornington Lockett
Gareth Williams
Laurence Cottle
Joe Pass
Niels Pedersen
Ulf Wakenius
John Lewis
Zoot Sims
George Coleman
Ray Brown
Ella Fitzgerald
Dizzy Gillespie
Frank Rossalino
Carmen McRae
James Moody
Michael Brecker
Randy Brecker
Stanley Turrentine
Freddy Hubbard
Milt Jackson
Harry Edison
Count Basie
Gil Evans
Barney Kessel
Bill Watrous
Monty Alexander
Arturo Sandoval
Chucho Valdes
'Toots' Thieleman
Johnny Griffin
Terry Gibbs
Buddy DeFranco
Benny Goodman
Gene Harris
Roy Eldridge
Marion Montgomery
Warren Vache
J.J. Johnson
Scott Hamilton
John Critchinson
Woody Herman
Bobby Wellins
Charles McPherson
Anita O'Day
Lee Konitz
Benny Carter
Bob Wilber
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Clark Terry
Conte Condoli
Stephane Grappelli
Dick Morrissey
Jim Mullen
Eddie Daniels
Joe Henderson
Peter King
Bosko Petrovic
Art Farmer
Ken Peplowski
Bobby Shew
Al Cohn
Michel LeGrand
Lew Soloff
Frank Wess
Julian Joseph
Robert Farnon
Ralph Sutton
Paul McCartney
Georgie Fame
Alan Price
Laurie Holloway
Roland Hanna
Bill Perkins
Harold Land
Bobby Hutcherson
Tete Montoliu
Mark Murphy
Jimmy Witherspoon
Stan Getz
Chet Baker
Elaine Delmar
Barbara Dennerlein
Tommy Smith
Vic Lewis
Phil Woods
Terence Blanchard
Herb Ellis
Bud Shank
Dexter Gordon
Phillipe Catherine
Buddy Childers
Kenny Davern
Peanuts Hucko
Bill Holman
Manny Albam
Al Haig
Jimmy Smith
Joe Temperley

...and many more























































"Martin is what I consider a pillar of good time and he exhibits this flawlessly with his band. He really is one of the great drummers. Martin brings a solidarity, swing and enthusiasm to my group that is wonderful. It allows Niels, Ulf and myself to lean back, relax and play!"
Oscar Peterson




...from Martin Drew:

Hi Bernhard,
Thank you so much for putting these pictures on your/my site. It's great. I am flattered that you have taken so much trouble to make such a great site for me. Looking forward to seeing you and talking to you. Once again, thanks a million!!
Cheers,
Martin
Martin Drew








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