Martin Guy – Drums - Has been on the jazz circuit since 1959. He began in the Riverliners Skiffle group in 1957 with Colin & Dave Kellard in
Tottenham, North London. They answered an ad in the Melody Maker and joined Tommy Dallas’ Band. Other members were the late Nobby Williams (bass) and the soon to be leader, Alvin Roy, on clarinet, whose Saratoga Band won the Soho Fair Jazzband competition in 1960 (the judges included Alex Welsh & blues man Memphis Slim). Their prize was a recording contract with Jeff Kruger’s Ember Records.
They toured the country and went to Germany several times playing at the John Marshall clubs in Frankfurt & Cologne. Two more recordings followed for Decca, one of which, True Blue, was played on 2 way Family Favourites. Then came the harsh winter of 1962/3 and it was impossible to get to any gigs because of 3 months worth of snow. In these early days Martin took inspiration from Lennie Hastings, Phil Seamen, Alan Ganley, Ronnie Verrell, Johnny Richardson, on the English scene, but has been more influenced over the years by Americans Buddy Rich, Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Jeff Hamilton, Mel Lewis, Shelly Manne, Art Blakey, Jake Hanna, Louis Bellson, Connie Kay, Max Roach, Sam Woodyard, Duffy Jackson, Sonny Payne, etc. He briefly had lessons from George Fierstone and Phil Seamen, but is basically self taught.
After the trad boom ended, Martin freelanced in pubs, working men’s clubs, functions, and the occasional jazz clubs (100 club, Bulls Head, Pizza Express, etc He managed to play with some great jazzers, including Johnny “Bad Penny Blues” Parker, Stan Greig. Brian Lemmon, Fred Hunt, Harry Gold, Pat Mason,George Oag, Martin Taylor, Dave Shepherd, Colin Smith, Jackie Free, Alan Littlejohn, Eggie Lay, Cy Laurie, John Chiltern, George Melly, Harvey Weston, Mike Hogh, Roy Williams, Dave Cliff, Martin Taylor, Paul Morgan, Bill le Sage, Peter Ind, Dick Charlesworth, Alan Elsdon, Kenny Barker, Peter King, Janusz Carmello, Jamie Talbot, Rex O’dell, Eddie Thompson, Mick Hutton, Malcolm Creese, Brian Dee, John Birch, Brian Prudence, Jack Fallon,
Groups Played For (at CJC)