Martin Linton


Photograph courtesy of David Fisher (Aldershot, Farnham & Fleet Camera Club).

MARTIN LITTON entered the London jazz scene with Steve Lane, before joining Harry Gold’s Pieces of Eight band and became noteworthy for his early work with Kenny Ball from 1983-1984 on his tour of the Middle East and tour of Russia and for a recording session with Humphrey Lyttleton.  During the 1990’s Litton continued expanding his work with leading British musicians including recordings with Wally Fawkes and Digby Fairweather.  He is noted as a specialist, performer and lecturer on early jazz piano styles.  Litton’s fluency of style and the historical context he brings to his jazz piano has taken him around the world, playing with and respected by many of the great names in jazz, past and present.  His keyboard skills have been honed by his attention to detail and personal discipline both in terms of musicianship as well as knowledge of the development of jazz piano.  Litton is a stride piano expert and his Gramercy Five band recreated the small group swing style of Artie Shaw. He plays with Alyn Shipton’s Buck Clayton Legacy Band.

‘a delicious fun thing bubbles from start to finish, with Martin Litton piano, arranger, a lyrical strider, well versed in the elusive art of accompaniment, lovely soloist, and with a rare way with ragtime’.  Ken Rattenbury