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Martin Kern Band

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About Martin Kern Band

Bristol-based Jazz duo, trio, and quartet. Wide repertoire from New Orleans and Swing to Bebop and Contemporary Jazz.
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Martin Kern grew up in Switzerland and first started to play classical cello, then later at age 17 picked up the saxophone. He studied in Paris at the Cèntre d´Information Musicale and at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern before spending some time in New York. He then moved to Berlin where he became a part oft he vibrant jazz scene. He recently moved to Bristol and quickly emerged himself into the excellent music scene and began to work with some of the finest musicians from the area. Martin´s music is a striking blend of bebop, hard bop and contemporary jazz, his sound reflecting those of legendary saxophonists Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and others. His duos, trios, and quartets truly follow Duke Ellington´s famous words: It don´t mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!

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Martin Kern Band's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Genna H
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

We used the Martin Kern Band to play in a party scene for a new TV pilot. Martin was approachable, amenable and very communicative. We had a lot of swapping songs and they were on board with all of it! They looked great, sounded great and were exactly what we needed. I highly recommend! Thanks Genna

Dan W
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

We had a fantastic evening, great music, customers loved them. Would defiantly recommend

From other customers:

Malcolm L
4 years ago, for a Birthday party in Whitchurch
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5 out of 5

Dear Martin, Just a couple of lines to thank you and the gang (Pasquale and Paolo) for your great show on Saturday night. It was much appreciated by ALL. Everyone at the do was most complimentary. Many thanks, Malcolm

Adam S
4 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Old Market St
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5 out of 5

'I hired the Martin Kern quartet as part of a concert series I curate at Bristol's Stag and Hounds pub. I was blown away by his professionalism, level of musicianship and choice of repertoire. Martin solos were thoughtful and inventive and his sidemen were top class. I will definitely be booking him again in the future.'

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Martin Kern Band's Song list

-A Night In Tunisia
-Ain´t Misbehaving
-All Of Me
-All Of You
-All The Things You Are
-Angel Eyes
-April In Paris
-Autumn In New York
-Autumn Leaves
-Body And Soul
-Chelsea Bridge
-Darn That Dream
-Dear Old Stockholm
-Dearly Beloved
-Don´t Blame Me
-Don´t Get Around Much Anymore
-Easy Living
-Easy To Love
-For All We Know
-Gee Baby Ain´t I Good To You
-Girl From Ipanema
-God Bless The Child
-Have You Met Miss Jones
-Here´s That Rainy Day
-How High The Moon
-How Intensitive
-I Can´t Get Started With You
-I Can´t Give You Anything But Love
-I Could Write A Book
-I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heard
I Love You
-I Should Care
-I´ll Remember April
-I´m Beginning To See The Light
-In A Mellow Tone
-In A Sentimental Mood
-It Don´t Mean A Thing If It Ain´t Got That Swing
-It´s Easy To Remember
-Like Someone In Love
-Limehouse Blues
-Long Ago And Far Away
-Lullaby Of Birdland
-My Favorite Things
-My Funny Valentine
-My One And Only Love
-My Romance
-My Shining Hour
-My Ship
-Once I Loved
-Out Of Nowhere
-Prelude To A Kiss
-Satin Doll
-Some Day My Prince Will Come
-Somebody Loves Me
-Sophisticated Lady
-Stella By Starlight
-Stompin´At The Savoy
-Sweet Georgia Brown
-Take The A-Trane
-The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
-The Song Is You
-There Is No Greater Love
-There Will Never Be Another You
-Thou Swell
-When I Fall In Love
-When Sunny Gets Blue
-You Don´t Know What Love Is
-You Took Advantage Of Me
-Smooth Operator
-This Masquerade
-I Feel Good
-Just The Two Of Us
-Feel Like Making Love
-What´s Going On
-Let´s Stay Together
-Isn´t She Lovely
-Pick Up The Pieces
-The Chicken
-Saving My Love For You
-One Moment In Time
-Street Life
-Uptown Funk
-If I Ain´t Got You
-I Just Called To Say I Love You
-Ma Cherie Amour
-You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
-Stand By Me
-Ain´t No Mountain High Enough
-Hit The Road Jack
-Killing Me Softly
-At Last
-My Girl
-My Cherie Amour
-I Feel It Coming
-I wish
-That´s What I Like
-All Of Me
-I Can See Clearly Now

Martin Kern Band's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£640
Up to 2 hours£800
Up to 3 hours£960
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love how well I communicate before and during the event, and that I'm highly reliable and professional. They love the level of musicianship, the choice of music and the big sound of my saxophone 🎷

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

BBBC TV shoot Bristol, The Newt in Somerset (regularly), Bebop club Bristol, Bessel Scotts Jazz House Bristol, Bodleian Library Oxford, B-flat Berlin, Schlot-Berlin, ORF Radio Vienna, Opera cafe Vienna, Cleopatra's needle New York, Smalls New York, Bern Jazz festival, Tatum Art Palermo...

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Clifford Jordan, Steve Grossman

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Bern Jazz festival with Johnny Griffin and John Lewis
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