Maxine Martin is a clarinetist and tenor saxophonist who grew up in Connecticut and lived and worked in New York for over twenty years. Here in Connecticut, she enjoys performing in many genres of music such as jazz, r & b, classical, folk, rock, etc., with guitarist Sinan Bakir; pianist Warren Byrd; bassists Matt Dwonszyk and Paul Fuller, percussionists Cemre Dogan, Michael Augeri, Abu Alvin Carter, Sr., and other artists. While in New York, she also worked as a musician and music instructor in various settings.
As an active member of International Women In Jazz (IWJ), a New York based organization, Maxine was both a performer and organizer, taking part in many of its events as a musician and working as Chair of the Networking Committee, a committee founded by a few other members and her, which created and planned many of IWJ’s events like the monthly Jam Sessions at Local 802, The American Federation Of Musicians. The Networking Committee later became The Events Committee, a committee that continued on the path of planning concerts, festivals, and workshops for IWJ. Maxine worked with many fabulous IWJ members such as bassists Carline Ray, Miriam Sullivan, and Kim Clarke; drummers Bernice Brooks and Dee Ramey; pianists Linda Presgrave and Patrizia Scascitelli; singers Lenora Zenzalai Helm, Judi Silvano, Arlee Leonard and Andrea Wolper; flutist and saxophonist Carol Sudhalter; flutist and pianist Dotti Anita Taylor, and other wonderful artists.
While in New York, she performed in many venues such as Bar 55, CBGB’s, The Bitter End, The Nuyorican Poet’s Café, St. Nicholas Pub, the Lenox Lounge, Windows Over Harlem, and performed with bassist Bob Cunningham, singers Evelyn Blakey and Ayana Lowe, drummers Jimmy Lovelace and Charlie Persip, and many more musicians.
Maxine studied at Hartt School of Music at the University Of Hartford and graduated with a B.A. in Music from the University of South Florida. While a Music Education student at Hartt, she audited jazz classes taught by saxophonists Jackie McLean and Paul Jeffries. Then she continued her jazz studies in New York at JazzMobile, studying with saxophonists Kenny Rogers and Charles Davis, and took a jazz course at Lucy Moses, as well.
As a composer and songwriter, Maxine has written and performed music for the theater: for the Trojan Women, working with her sister, director Sonya L. Martin at the Dance Project Theater and for the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, working with director Dennis Davis.
Maxine also taught as a music instructor in the New York Public Schools, Midori and Friends, and community centers. She continues to teach in Connecticut Public Schools and as a private music instructor.