The Martin Kemp/John Cherry Duo has been a fixture on the Cambridge jazz scene for some time, playing in restaurants and open-air functions, and also giving musical seminars on early jazz styles. The duo’s focus is on producing a fresh and exciting (sometimes explosive) sound. The style is mainly swing with forays into tango and gipsy jazz.
Martin Kemp plays all sizes of clarinets and saxes. In the early 70s he played alongside Sandy Brown, Humphrey Lyttelton and Bruce Turner in London. Since then he has become a jazz educator and composer, and is chair of the National Youth Jazz Collective. His current bands include the Ellington style Harmony in Harlem, the punchy Mingusology, and he has played with various gipsy jazz bands. At Hot Numbers he has played with Charlie Mattar’s Dog Days
John Cherry has been playing guitar since the age of 10. Jazz has always been his first love. His interest in this music starts with the historical early forms up to bebop and contemporary jazz. The main influences in the duo are many and include Barney Kessel, Joe Pass and Charlie Byrd. His professional career has included spells with big name bands in the field and he been on a number of foreign tours.