An in-depth analysis of the modern day trombone style of Andy Martin.

Document Type



Master of Music (MM)



First Advisor's Name

Michael Orta

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Joseph Rohm

Third Advisor's Name

Sam Lussier

Date of Defense



The purpose of this thesis was to investigate trombonist Andy Martin. He has not received enough recognition for his talents as a trombonist, soloist, and studio musician. The aim of this thesis paper was to investigate and represent a portion of his work through transcription and analysis; talk about the influences on his trombone playing from the past to the present day with a brief history of the jazz trombone; and list the recordings that he has done as a solo artist and a sideman.

Four of Andy's solos were transcribed and analyzed in detail with respect to the following elements and issues: "special effects" on the trombone, use of repeated triplets, the ability to play fast double-time licks, the use of the blues scale, neighboring tones, use of chromatic enclosures, and a comparison of his transcriptions to two other trombonists that have influenced him: Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana.

These results will show that Andy Martin indeed is a talented trombonist and why he is one of the most in-demand trombonists today.



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