Martin Kemp is a musician based in Cambridge. He plays all sizes of clarinet from Eb to contrabass, specialising in basset horn and bass, as well as soprano, tenor and alto saxophones. In the late 1960s he played in jazz bands in London as well as forming his own early music ensemble. He plays in several local orchestras and big bands, as well as teaching private pupils and also ensembles in several Cambridge schools, running his own jazz trio and quartet, a tango ensemble and Mingusology, a ten piece band. He is a tutor with the ACE Foundation classical and jazz courses in Cambridge, and the Grafham Water jazz courses (of which he is Course Director). He is chairman of the National Youth Jazz Collective, a charity which supports jazz education, and was a trustee of the National Association of Youth Orchestras
For many years he has been writing and arranging classical and jazz pieces, at varying levels of difficulty, for clarinet choir and quartet, jazz ensembles and sax quartets. There is a wide variety of style, from pieces by Gabrieli) via Mozart and Mendelssohn to Gilbert & Sullivan, Sibelius, Kurt Weill Astor Piazzolla and Duke Ellington. These have proved very popular on summer courses and some of the jazz arrangements have been taken up by schools in Cambridge and London.
Martin has now turned his attention to preparing a number of the sax quartet arrangements for publication. The clarinet quartets are scored for 3 clarinets and bass with alternative editions to include parts for Eb clarinet on first part and basset horn or alto clarinet on the third. The sax quartets are for Soprano Alto Tenor and Baritone with alternative parts for lead alto.