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Martyn Croston is a professional jazz pianist, keyboard player, piano teacher and session musician based in London.
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Martyn Croston is a jazz pianist and piano teacher based in south east London. He has performed throughout the UK, Canada, Russia, Spain and the US, both as a solo pianist and with numerous ensembles. After Martyn completed his BA in Music at the University of Bristol, he moved to Moscow to teach English and study jazz piano. During his time there, he played regularly with MondayFunk, a Russian funk group who performed at a number of venues in the city, including the prestigious B2 Club. Martyn also featured as a guest pianist at a concert with the Ukrainian guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko. In 2007, he received a scholarship to study a Masters at Western Michigan University, where he received lessons from Dr Stephen Zegree and Tad Weed. Martyn was the pianist for the vocal jazz group Gold Company and performed at the International Association for Jazz Education in Toronto with Darmon Meader from New York Voices. He also played in a jazz quartet that supported the African American Jazz Caucus featuring the jazz educator and saxophonist Jamie Aebersold. Martyn performed at two annual shows with Gold Company, supporting The Velvelettes (from Motown) and the winning choir from NBC’s Clash of the Choirs. Through the university, he also played at two jazz clinics with the jazz vibist Stefon Harris at schools in the Kalamazoo area. Now back in the UK, Martyn teaches jazz piano at a number of schools, plays as a session musician and performs at weddings and functions in London and the home counties

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Classical, Soul, Covers, Disco, Funk, Acoustic, Motown, Blues, Latin jazz, Swing, Jazz fusion, Britpop, Classic rock, Pop rock, Bossa nova
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent improviser, Arranger, Composer
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Song list

Just The Way You Are
She’s Always A Woman
Rocket Man
Your Song
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Here Comes The Sun
The A Team
Thinking Out Loud
Make Your Feel My Love
Sunny Afternoon
We Are The Champions
What A Wonderful World
Fields Of Gold
Always Forever
Close To You
Isn’t She Lovely
The Scientist
Fix You
Fly Me To The Moon
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Over The Rainbow
Satin Doll
A Foggy Day
The Girl From Ipanema
Autumn Leaves
All The Things You Are
Pure Imagination
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Take the ‘A’ Train
Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Bach’s Prelude in C
Bach’s Air on a G String
Debussy’s Clair de Lune
Einaudi’s I Giorni
Beethoven’s Fur Elise
Dvorak’s New World Symphony
Holst’s Jupiter from The Planets
+ many more…


From customers:

Hollie H, 3 years ago

Martyn played the piano at our drinks reception at Sopwell House. Even our initial meeting with him, he was so professional and filled me with such confidence that I knew he would be great straight away. Boy was I right 🙂 we asked him to play a couple of specific songs (Rat Pack & Foo Fighters) and Martyn had no problem in obliging us with these requests. On the actual day, Martyn was fantastic – once again so professional and bought a real sense of elegance to our reception – his playing was superb and his mixture of music throughout was spot on. We had so many comments from our guests about how amazing he was and how they want to keep him in mind for their events. Thank you Martyn – you really helped to make our wedding something special.

Neven S, 6 years ago

Martyn played a couple of sets at our New Year’s Eve party for over 120 guests. He is an extremely talented musician; his choice of music was perfect for the evening and all our guests commented both during the evening and afterwards how much his music enhanced the entire party. We would have no hesitation in whole heartedly recommending Martyn and will definitely use him again ourselves

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