Originally from Barcelona, alto Saxophonist and composer Martin Diaz is making his career between two of the most important cities in the jazz world, Barcelona and Amsterdam. Since his arrival to Amsterdam, he had contact with some of the best saxophone players in the Dutch and European Jazz Scene such as Ben Van Gelder, Jasper Blom, Benjamin Herman, and many others.
Martin is a member of a number of projects, including Valmaggia project (Winner of the Senna fund), Supersax Project (Young Catalan Talent foundation), Barcelona Jazz Orquestra (recorded with Phil Woods), Jong Metropole 2021, and his own group featuring Floris Kappeyne, Lucas Martinez, Ilia Rayskin and Omer Govreen.
2019 marked an important year for Martin, signing with major jazz label FreshSound and recording his first album “Identities”. The “Downbeat Magazine” awarded him and his album making a special mention as an outstanding soloist. His music combines a great respect for the century-long jazz tradition with explorations into the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic realms of the contemporary forms. “Identities” is an expression of the building process that Martin has from the sum of identities of his influences. Artists such as Perico Sambeat or Miguel Zenon are the perfect example of this inspirations. The transmission of his roots and his story through the sound and the colors of the horn is what it makes him and them unique, but as he says – One never stops building his own identity.
Martin Diaz began playing classical saxophone at the age of five. He graduated with honors from the Conservatori de Granollers. After participating in important jazz festivals from Catalunya during his studies in this conservatory such as Festival de Jazz de Platja d’Aro or Festival de Jazz de Granollers he got accepted in two of the important conservatories from Barcelona.
During his live in Barcelona he received masterclasses from important Jazz figures such as, Chucho Baldés, Miguel Zenon, Joe Lovano, Ethan Iverson, Melissa Aldana, Joshua Redman etc.. He participated in a collective masterclass with the Big band from Liceu organized by Maria Schneider and her Orquestra. He also recorded his first Jazz album with Supersax Project and played in the most important venues and festivals from around, including Voll-Damm Barcelona Jazz Festival.
Besides his projects and roots in Barcelona, he decided to go to Amsterdam and keep receiving education from one of the best conservatories in Europe. In Amsterdam he kept working on his career and he created his own project, with which he won the finals of the Leiden Jazz Award, he arrived to the semi-finals of the Keep an Eye competition and he played in important venues such as the Bimhuis. He also got accepted in the Jong Metropole 2021 and he is working on more projects that will see the light in an early future.