Heidi Martin presents ABBEY
“Documenting in text, music, staging, and sound quality the social genius of an artist once branded‘ misguided and naïve’ by jazz critics, ABBEY! is the product of considerable scholarship and deliberative editing on Martin’s part. Her performance also documents a personal relationship across race and generation between two women who met briefly in DC and NY and shared one three-hour phone call in the middle of the night. Clearly from the way Lincoln’s words have haunted Martin’s body…listeners will enjoy the paradoxical experience of hearing an unapologetic white artist respectfully channel the strength and beauty of jazz music’s first black power diva.”
— Dr. Thomas Stanley, artist, author, and ethnomusicologist, review of “ABBEY!”
Heidi Martin as a conjurer of the vocal and dramatic majesty of jazz legend Abbey Lincoln’s indomitable life force. Lincoln, heralded for her pioneering music, acting and civil rights activism, comes to life while Martin takes listeners through a series
of affirming events and revelations, enveloped in gorgeous music and poignant history.” ~Sara Donnelly, Director South Arts Jazz
Heidi Martin is a Washington, DC native, and began her two-decades plus music career after studying with Professor Calvin Jones at the University of the District of Columbia and continuing privately with jazz royalty, drummer/vocalist Grady Tate. Since making a 1999 debut in the New York jazz scene via her engagement at Birdland, she has become a successful recording artist, composer and sought-after collaborator. Continuing in NY, she has played major clubs such as The Blue Note, Knitting Factory, Zinc Bar, Cachaca, and Metronome and is very active in DC at Bohemian Caverns, Blues Alley, and the 18th Street Lounge. Her bands are often comprised of leading artists and have included some of today’s most exciting contributors to jazz such as Russell Gunn, Tarus Mateen, George Colligan, Eric Revis, George Burton, Orrin Evans, Gregoire Maret, Kris Funn, and DonVonte McCoy.
Martin has also been showcased at many area festivals including the DC Jazz Festival, WinterJazzFest NYC, and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. Internationally, she has performed at the Pori Jazz Festival and Casablanca’s Kenzi Hotel. Martin has independently released three highly acclaimed recordings: “See Hear, Love” (2008), “HIDE” (2005), and “Alone Together” (1998).
“Heidi Martin’s voice has a heavy Rickie Lee Jones bottom with a suggestion of Joni Mitchell and Betty Carter and just a hint of Janis Joplin in the finish. Martin has a vision-oneness with all-and she promotes it with her lyrics. She cuts to the chase with little conversation, more Hemingway than Faulkner…demanding inventive recording that pays the listener dividends in the thoughtful consideration and insight.” — All About Jazz
“Spirited and Self-assured” ~The Washington Post