Born in Brussels in 1973, Zeke Martin entered the world with a pair of drumsticks in his hands. Influenced by his father, Stu Martin, who played with Jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland and Quincy Jones to name a few, Zeke’s musical repertoire includes a blend of Jazz, Funk, R&B, Reggae, Rock and more.

In 1985, at the age of 12, Zeke had his first gig with Steve Lacy, in France. Shortly after, he moved to the United States where he began a successful career, including the formation of The Zeke Martin Project in 2000. Since then The ZMP has released four CD’s entitled LANDSCAPES (2001), FUNKY STUFF (2006), U4RIA (2009), 4 (2012) and SAY WHAT (2014). Zeke’s band, Zeke Martin & The Oracle, was awarded Best Jazz CD (U4RIA) by the New England Urban Music Award (2010). The band has been reviewed in Jazz Times Magazine (April 2010 and January 2012) and by Scott Yanow from LA Jazz Scene (Jun. 2009, Jan. 2012).

Zeke’s unique and soulful style has enabled him to secure endorsement deals with Vic Firth Sticks (2005), Creation Drums (2009), Trexist Cymbals (2014), Evans Drumheads (2009), Kickport (2010), Beato Bags (2010) and Mono Cases (2009). Zeke Martin has also received accolades from Drum! Magazine (August 2002).

Zeke's Vic Firth stick of choice:
American Sound® 8D
Like the 7A‚ with a bit more reach.
L = 16" | Dia. = .540"
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Zeke Martin has performed in many locations throughout the world, including NAMM in Anaheim, CA, The Berklee Performance Center, The House Of Blues in Boston, The Black Repertory Theater in RI, Minton’s Playhouse and Sweet Rhythm in NYC, New Mexico, Chicago and Wisconsin, all along the East Coast and tours to Malaysia. Additionally, Zeke has shared the stage with such star performers as The Neville Brothers, The Funk Brothers, Ali-Ollie Woodson from the Temptations, three time grammy winner Justin Raines (Israel Houghton), Nicole Nelson (The Voice), Drop Kick Murphy’s, Rie Tsuji (Beyonce), Jason Langley (Dream Girls, Memphis), Bronson Arroyo, and Regina Bell to name a few. Currently, Zeke resides in Boston, MA and he continues to perform with his band and teaches at numerous music stores (Music and Arts) as well as Northeastern University.

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