“Lock up your drummers, this bass monster will inflame them all!”
-Stewart Copeland, drummer, composer, founder of The Police
"Marlon Martinez has it all: incredible classical chops, super creative jazz lines, and epic rock riffs. I've never met, heard, or played with a more versatile bassist, and rarely have I had so much fun in a creative collaboration!"
- Jon Kimura Parker, concert pianist, educator
Location: Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY
Genres: Jazz, Classical
Years Active: 2009 - present
Hailing from Los Angeles, Marlon Martinez is a young virtuoso bassist and composer emerging at the center of the resurgent LA and NYC jazz scenes. Marlon has demonstrated his virtuosity while touring with a wide range of artists, including Stewart Copeland, Quatuor Ebène, and Mike Garson. Discovered by Stanley Clarke, he has impressed legends such as George Duke, Burt Bacharach, Ellis Marsalis and Ron Carter. Classically trained and a graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Marlon has performed with Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, the San Diego Symphony and more.
Martinez's debut album Yours Truly demonstrates his versatility as a bassist and composer. His original compositions are dynamic and soulful, with a fresh juxtaposition of tradition and originality. Stewart Copeland and Judd Miller are featured on his rock-fusion track HD. Yours Truly is available on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, and other downloadable platforms.
"Many of my pieces are very much like me. They are full of energy, not too weighted by seriousness. But you can listen to them...be taken somewhere... have an idea...enjoy it for a couple of minutes and then come back to the real world. Hopefully, you have had a nice little trip!"
- MARLON MARTINEZ