Martin Winch Profile

Keith Newman
10 Dec 2015

Martin Winch was a gentleman and musical scholar, a fiercely disciplined and talented guitarist who, despite chart topping success and accolades for jazz, rock and jingles, remained a humble journeyman in the studio and on and off stage.

He played with the best of New Zealand musicians, backed Randy Crawford and Renee Geyer, won awards with pop group Salty Dogg and prog-jazz outfit Dr Tree in the same year, and after completely severing two fingers in an accident, practised his way to recovery and two platinum selling instrumental CDs.

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Martin Winch performs Sting's Fields of Gold, from the hit album Espresso Guitar (1998)
Oleo - Martin Winch & Kevin Haines play a Sonny Rollins jazz standard on Jazz Scene
Sylvester Winch Style in the early 1970s
Salty Dogg at Stebbing Studios, Auckland - with engineer Phil Yule - during the recording of the Love to Play and Sing album. From left: Graham Chapman, Vic Williams, Phil Yule, Martin Winch, Mike Harvey and Chris Gunn.
Martin Winch Band featuring Mal McCallum on vocals - Crossroads - Blues Brews & BBQs, Mt Maunganui 2010
Martin Winch
Music For Coffee Lovers, a compilation of both Espresso Guitar albums, 2007
Martin Winch's debut solo album Sahara, 1984
Oprah Winfrey plugs Together on her Christmas show
Salty Dogg: Vic Williams, Martin Winch (rear), Basil Peterkin (front), Mike Harvey and Graham Chapman. They recorded the Mike Harvey produced album Love To Play And Sing for EMI and two Christmas singles with Radio Hauraki.
Salty Dogg's Mike Harvey, Vic Williams, Chris Gunn and Martin Winch recording at Auckland's Stebbing Studios
Martin Winch Band featuring Mal McCallum on vocals - Blues Brews & BBQs, Mt Maunganui 2010
Sylvester Winch Style: Martin Winch, Brian Rollinson, Merv O'Connor (seated), Brian Thorogood and John Webster
Sylvester Winch Style performing at Auckland's Club Bo Peep: Brian Inglis, Martin Winch, John Webster, Brian Thorogood and Merv O'Connor
Martin playing with the Rodger Fox Big Band at the Montreux Jazz Festival
Martin Winch with the 1860 Big Band
Martin Winch on guitar (in checked shirt) backing Beaver, in 1987 TV show Dixie Chicken.
For A Lazy Afternoon, a UK only Martin Winch and Carl Doy collection
Boneyard Convention: Brian Inglis, John Downes, Martin Winch, Ian Fraser and John Tuxford
Happily Ever After- a Martin Winch original from his 2004 release Guitar Song
Martin Winch, 1997
Martin Winch in 1980
Boneyard Convention
Billboard, the Auckland Club Band with Ian Fraser, Geoff Castle, Martin Winch (in hat at back), Billy Kristian (in cap), Beaver, and Brian Smith. This was taken mid-1983.
The 1975 Dr. Tree album. Dr. Tree were one of the first live acts to hold down a residency at Auckland's Globe Tavern, where they pulled regularly large crowds on Mondays for many months.
Martin Winch Band featuring Mal McCallum on vocals - Blues Brews & BBQs, Mt Maunganui 2010
Oscar Pettiford’s Tricotism, from TV’s Jazz Scene, played by Martin Winch with Kevin Haines on bass
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