Martin Dale Jazz Quartet featuring Dick Pearce

Saxophonist Martin Dale will perform twice at Dart Music Festival, firstly on Friday at The Flavel, where he will be joined by Dick Pearce, and secondly on Saturday in the Harbour Bar.

Martin is one of the busiest and most popular saxophonists in the South West. He runs his own quartet and appears regularly as a guest soloist. He was a member of the John Burch Octet, taking the tenor sax position when Dick Morrissey became ill, and is also a member of the London based group ‘Sax Appeal’ and ‘Jack Bruce Blues Experience’.

Martin has worked on the Q.E.2 as lead also player, backing such artists as Neil Sedaka, Petula Clark and Tom Jones. He makes regular appearances at UK jazz festivals where he has performed with Lee Gibson, Alan Barnes and Mark Nightingale.

To date, he has released 8 CDs, which have been played on Radio 2, Radio 3 and Jazz FM as well as recording for the BBC on radio and television sound tracks.

Dick Pearce joined The Ronnie Scott Quintet in 1980 and travelled the world with them for the following 14 years. The band included John Critchinson (piano), Ron Mathewson (double bass), Martin Drew (drums) and Ronnie Scott (tenor sax). In 1990, the quintet became a sextet with the addition of Mornington Lockett on tenor sax.

In more recent years Dick has been heard with – Alan Barnes / Don Weller’s ‘Tribute to Cannonball Adderley Band’. The Don Weller Big Band. Tim Richards’ ‘Great Spirit’. John Williams’ ‘New Perspectives’. Stan and Clarke Tracey’s ‘Ellingtonia’. ‘PD3 with Dick Pearce’ (PD3 = Pete Downes trio).  John Critchinson’s tribute to Ronnie Scott band.

Find out more about their musical history here:

Martin Dale


Dick Pearce