17 August 1970, DeLand, Florida, USA. Raised in Florida and St. Louis, where his father played the violin with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and his mother was a violin teacher, he was taught violin at a very early age. At the age of three, he also began playing piano and within two years was able also to read and write musical notation and had begun to compose. When he was aged 13 he showed an interest in jazz and his father, recognizing his own limitations, asked the advice of a visitor who had come to perform with the symphony orchestra. This was Wynton Marsalis and thus began a long-term association. In the late 80s, Martin attended the Juilliard School of Music and Florida State University, studying classical music. Meanwhile, he was pursuing his jazz piano interests, as he told JazzReviews Mike Brannon, by continuing his childhood listening to jazz on record, citing McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, and Bill...