Martin Wind, My Astorian Queen…
Bassist and composer Martin Wind is on a roll with two upcoming albums from Laika Records.
He celebrates 25 years in NYC with My Astori a Queen, a quartet album featuring Wind and his Quartet with Scott Robinson, Bill Mays and Matt Wilson. The album will be released November 19, 2021.
Wind follows this album on February 25, 2022 with the release of AIR featuring his New York Bass Quartet (Wind, Greg August, Jordan Frazier, Samm Suggs along with special guests Matt Wilson, Gary Versace and Lenny White).
Wind is one of a few German jazz musicians that have been able to establish themselves and remain on the New York jazz scene. My Astorian Queen is a heartfelt thank you note to “this city and its welcoming artistic community in general, and some very special human beings in particular, that have guided and formed me over the last quarter of a century.”
The album is also a tribute to his wife. Wind hadn’t even been in New York for 24 hours when Mays’ wife at the time introduced Wind to one of her colleagues. “On my second day in NYC I got to meet my future wife on a blind date – what are the chances?! The first couple of years were incredibly intensive and life-changing: my studies at NYU, the first attempts of making the scene, my marriage to Maria and the birth of our first son, all while living in a cute apartment in Astoria, Queens.”