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 playing with the Rodger Fox Big Band at the Montreux Jazz Festival
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Martin Winch with the 1860 Big Band
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Martin Winch in 1980
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Martin Winch, 1997
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Boneyard Convention
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For A Lazy Afternoon, a UK only Martin Winch and Carl Doy collection
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Happily Ever After- a Martin Winch original from his 2004 release Guitar Song
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Boneyard Convention: Brian Inglis, John Downes, Martin Winch, Ian Fraser and John Tuxford
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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.
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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.
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Martin Winch on guitar (in checked shirt) backing Beaver, in 1987 TV show Dixie Chicken.
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Sylvester Winch Style performing at Auckland's Club Bo Peep: Brian Inglis, Martin Winch, John Webster, Brian Thorogood and Merv O'Connor
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Martin Winch's debut solo album Sahara, 1984
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Sylvester Winch Style in the early 1970s
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Oscar Pettiford’s Tricotism, from TV’s Jazz Scene, played by Martin Winch with Kevin Haines on bass
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Sylvester Winch Style: Martin Winch, Brian Rollinson, Merv O'Connor (seated), Brian Thorogood and John Webster
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Martin Winch Band featuring Mal McCallum on vocals - Blues Brews & BBQs, Mt Maunganui 2010
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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.
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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.
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Music For Coffee Lovers, a compilation of both Espresso Guitar albums, 2007
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Oleo - Martin Winch & Kevin Haines play a Sonny Rollins jazz standard on Jazz Scene
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Salty Dogg's Mike Harvey, Vic Williams, Chris Gunn and Martin Winch recording at Auckland's Stebbing Studios
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Martin Winch performs Sting's Fields of Gold, from the hit album Espresso Guitar (1998)
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Martin Winch Band featuring Mal McCallum on vocals - Crossroads - Blues Brews & BBQs, Mt Maunganui 2010
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Martin Winch
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Martin Winch Band featuring Mal McCallum on vocals - Blues Brews & BBQs, Mt Maunganui 2010
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Oprah Winfrey plugs Together on her Christmas show
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