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 Berlin Philharmonics.
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", "Fur", "The Bounty Hunter", and "True Grit".
In 1995 Martin came in third at the International Thelonious Monk Bass Competition in Washington, D.C.
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 Schleswig-Holstein.
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).
Since 2007 he’s been leading his own quartet featuring the talents of Sott Robinson (reeds), Bill Cunliffe (piano) and Tim Horner (drums). They’ve released the albums "Salt’n Pepper!" (2008), and "Get it?" (2010), as well as the DVD "Live at Jazz Baltica" (2009).
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, 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, John Scofield, Benny Green, Frank Wess and others.
Martin Wind has been on the faculty at New York University since 1997 and has also been a faculty member at the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Germany; he’s been a guest at many colleges and jazz programs all over the U.S. and abroad.
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"; in 2007 he wrote the music for another play, based on the book "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walser.