About the artist :

Having returned to Edinburgh in 1999 after two years as a scholarship student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston, U.S.A., Martin quickly re-established himself on the Scottish scene. As sideman, he has performed alongside all the top names in Scotland, including Brian Kellock, Mario Caribe, Tommy Smith, Colin Steele, Tom Bancroft, Graeme Stephen, Ryan Quigley, Nigel Clark, Carol Kidd, Paul Harrison, Chris Stout, Kevin McKenzie and Tom MacNiven. Since 2004, he has held the 1st Alto chair in the celebrated Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Read more ...

Recent work : The Howness


Martin is proud to announce the release of his new album – The Howness – which presents an exciting new collection of his fascinating compositions, and features an all-star band including Paul Harrison (piano), Euan Burton (bass) and Doug Hough (drums). In addition, Scottish Jazz Awards 2011 Instrumentalist Of The Year Graeme Stephen appears as special guest on two of the tracks. The music demonstrates the trademark Kershaw kaleidoscopic range of styles, and draws particular influence from literature, ranging from the Russian Formalist-inspired Szujet to Martin’s dedications to David Foster Wallace (And But So) Mervyn Peake (Steerpike) and Philip Larkin (Slow Dying). Without doubt, The Howness will prove to be one of the key recordings of the year. Click here to listen to the sample tracks or to purchase this CD.

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