Heidi Martin Tributes Jazz Vocalist Abbey Lincoln at Twins Jazz Club, 10/5 & 6

Heidi Martin will play a tribute concert to jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln at the Twins Jazz Club in Washington, D.C., tonight, Oct. 5 & Sat. Oct. 6 at 9pm & 11pm with George Burton on Piano, Kris Funn on Bass, Kush Abadey on Drums.

A passionate and raw songstress, Vocalist/Composer Heidi Martin makes each song her own. Her socially conscious compositions challenge the listener to hear with an introspective ear. A Washington D.C. Native who studied music at the University of the District of Columbia with Professor Calvin Jones and continued privately with drummer/vocalist Grady Tate, Martin credits the legend with helping her find her "voice" as an artist. A sought after collaborator, Martin has performed and recorded with Nicholas Payton, ReuBen Brown, Steve Williams, Russell Gunn, Orrin Evans, Eric Revis, Gregoire Maret and the late Keter Betts, since making her 1999 debut on the New York jazz scene at Birdland.

Martin honed her craft in New York City at the legendary Blue Note, the Knitting Factory, The Zinc Bar (w/Ron Affif), Cachaca, Metronome and continues to perform nationwide at Zanzibar Blue, Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns and Twins Lounge. Internationally she has performed at the Pori Jazz Festival, Finland and at Chelsea's splendid Cadogan Hall in London, England. Martin is a featured vocalist on trumpeter Russell Gunn's 2008 release, Love Stories and most recently, she performed the Cole Porter Songbook to a sold-out crowd at the 2011 DC Jazz Festival.<

Each independently released project; Alone Together (1998) and HIDE (2005), have been met with critical acclaim and have lead Martin to domestic and international touring since her professional career began in New York City in 1999. Four of her compositions (Memphis, Rice, I Wanna Comfort You, Why Do I?) were chosen as a soundtrack to REVOLUTION '67 - a documentary about the 1967 Newark rebellion by Emmy-nominated filmmakers Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno. The film was screened at the 27th Annual IFP Market in New York and debuted on PBS July 10th, 2007. In 2006 Martin was hand-picked to compete in the London International Jazz Vocal Competition (LIJC), where she placed as a top finalist among some 107 competitors from over 25 nations. Martin is a sensitive vocalist that delivers lyrics in an intimate mood on ballads and can be at once; open and intense yet deliberate on medium swing. In the words of Vanessa Rubin, "soaring soulful riffs, bending notes, and high notes that are so focused so right, they ring! It's a wonderful experience for the listener!"

Twins Jazz Club is located at 1344 U Street NW, Top Floor, Washington DC. To purchase tickets online, visit www.TwinsJazz.com.