b. Barry Martin Godfrey, 23 February 1941, London, England. Martyn began playing drums in his early teens and was soon leading his own band and making records. Playing in the New Orleans tradition, Martyn’s musical interest led him to visit New Orleans in the early 60s where he studied with Josiah ‘Cié’ Frazier. Martyn recorded in New Orleans with many leading local jazzmen and also organized and led international tours by major figures such as George Lewis and Albert Nicholas. Resident in the USA since the early 70s, Martyn has continued to play and record New Orleans jazz to a very high standard with the likes of Barney Bigard and the Eagle Brass Band. In addition to bands under his own name Martyn was also leader of the Legends Of Jazz, a group of elderly but still musically active New Orleans jazzmen. Deeply committed to preserving the great tradition of New Orleans jazz, over the years Martyn has done much more than play and record. He formed his own recording company, writes extensively, and, perhaps most importantly, has recorded for archive purposes numerous interviews with New Orleans jazz survivors.
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