Bassist and composer Martin Wind was born in Flensburg, Germany in 1968 and moved to
New York in 1996 to study at New York University (NYU) with a scholarship by the German
Academic Exchange Service.
In 1995 he earned himself a diploma as Orchestra Musician at the Music Conservatory in
Cologne, Germany while studying with Prof. Wolfgang Guettler, former bassist with the
In 1998 he earned his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance and Composition studying with
Mike Richmond, Jim McNeely, Tom Boras, Mike Holober and Kenny Werner.
Since his move to New York Martin has become a regular at all major jazz clubs and is also
in demand as a session player; his credits include movies such as “The Alamo”,
“Intolerable Cruelty”, “ Mona Lisa Smiles” and “Fur”.
In 1995 Martin came in third at the International Thelonious Monk Bass Competition in
In 1996 Martin Wind won the first Cognac Hennessy/Blue Note Jazz Search in Germany
with his trio “Dreikland” and got to record an album for Blue Note Records.
In 2000 he was the first Jazz musician to win the Cultural Award of his home state
Martin has released about 10 albums so far as leader/co-leader including his debut album
“Gone with the Wind” (1993), “Tender Waves” (1996), “Dreiklang”(1997), “Family” (1999),
and “The Soccerball” (2002).
Currently Martin is member of the trios of Bill Mays, Dena DeRose, Don Friedman, James
Gordon Williams and Russ Kassoff.
He also appears frequently with Matt Wilson’s Quartet and “Arts and Crafts”, and Bill
With Bill Mays, Martin has been playing for more than a dozen years and they’ve released
many albums together, notably Bill’s three recordings for the Palmetto Label.
Martin Wind has recorded and/or performed with the following artists: Guidon Kremer,
Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostopowitch, Lalo Schifrin, Monty Alexander, Pat
Metheny, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Slide Hampton, Toots Thielemans, Jim McNeely, Buddy
DeFranco, The Metropole Orchestra, Radio Big Bands Cologne, Hamburg, Frankfurt and
Berlin, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Curtis Fuller, Phil Woods, Bud Shank,
Johnny Griffin, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Stern, Terell Stafford, Larry Goldings, Village
Vanguard Orchestra and others.
Martin Wind has been on the faculty at New York University for close to 10 years and is
also a faculty member at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Germany and at the Neuburg
Summer Jazz Camp.
In 2005 Martin was commissioned to write the music for an American Place Theatre
production of Tim O’Brien’s novel “The things they carried”.