was born in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire and was taught to play guitar
by his father when he was 7 years old.
turned professional when he was 21 and then formed his own band 'No
Dice' when he was 24. It was then that he was nicknamed Dzal, for no
particular reason, by the band's manager. At the time, because there
were many Davids but no Dzals on guitar, it seemed a good idea to stay
with it...so he did. The spelling?...because it was easy to scribble
After two albums, a top 50
single and tours of Europe and the USA, sadly, 'No Dice' split up and
Dzal went on to become a hired gun. Since then he has worked as a
session player (both live and recording) for many accomplished artists
and bands including Terry Reid, Rick Wakeman, Alvin Stardust, Cheetah,
Whitney Houston, Meatloaf, Roxette, Nazareth, Nick Kershaw, Tom
Robinson, Phil Spalding, Edwina Hayes, Ben Elton, Alan Bleasdale, Right
Said Fred and the Equals to name but a few...
In 1980, Dzal contributed
towards what was probably
Adrian Snell's best known album; The Passion. It featured the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra alongside some of the world's finest rock
musicians - Simon Phillips (drums), John Perry (bass), Dzal Martin,
Kevin Peake, and Gordon Giltrap (guitars).
The Passion has been, and continues to be, performed in front of tens
of thousands, particularly in Europe.
In 1983, he was also one of
the core guitarists on the "Box of Frogs" project which was formed by
Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja and Paul Samwell Smith (band members of the
Yardbirds) in collaboration with singer John Fiddler of Medicine Head.
These two very successful albums also included performances from
legendary guitarists such as Jeff Beck, Jimmy Paige, Earl Slick, Steve
Hackett and Rory Gallagher as well as guest vocals by Ian Drury, Graham
Parker and Roger Chapman. After this Dzal also contributed guitars to
Jim McCarty's solo projects.
Box of Frogs 'Strangeland' album
Of Frogs: John Fiddler (vocals, acoustic & electric
guitars, synthesizer, percussion); Chris Dreja (guitar, percussion,
background vocals); Paul Samwell-Smith (synthesizer, bass, percussion,
background vocals); Jim McCarty (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Ian Dury,
Graham Parker, Roger Chapman (vocals); Jimmy Page, John Knightsbridge,
Steve Hackett, Jeff Beck (guitar); Dzal Martin (electric &
slide guitars); Rory Gallagher (electric & slide guitars,
acoustic & electric sitars); Ray Majors (guitar, percussion,
background vocals); Mark Feltham (harmonica); Guy Barker (trumpet);
Geraint Watkins (piano); Peter-John Vettesse (piano, keyboards,
synthesizer); David Clayton, Max Middleton (keyboards, synthesizer);
Neil Lockwood, Julie Roberts, Carroll Thompson (background vocals).
Engineers: Max Norman, Jeremy
Allom, Louis Austin, Stephen Street, Gary Edwards, Simon Hanhart.
After the track "Back Where I
Started" was in the top ten in the U.S, plans were made for a U.S. tour
which would have propelled the Box of Frogs band to the top and Jeff
Beck, along with Dzal, were considered as the lead guitarists for this
tour. Unfortunately, it never to took place which was a great blow to
Dzal, Jeff Beck and John Fiddler...read more:
In the spring of 1988, Alan
Bleasdale released his highly acclaimed production of 'Are You Lonesome
Tonight' dedicated to the late great king of rock 'n' roll Elvis
Presley. Dzal was one of the core guitarists for this alongside Jeff
Crampton. Others involved in the project were:
Directors: Bill Kenwright
& Richard Lewis
Musical Director: Rod Edwards
Lighting: Dave Horn
On the Book: Michelle Jackson
Piano/Synthesisers: Rod Edwards
Keyboards/Guitar: Dave Burley
Electric Guitar: Jeff Crampton
& Dzal Martin
Drums/Percussion: David Dowle
Bass Guitar: Glen Muscroft
playing guitar, Dzal has written and co-written many songs over he
years. See the Song writing
page for more details.
August 13 2006, one of Dzal's song writing partners, Edwina Hayes,
performed at the Half Moon in Putney. Dzal joined her and the evening
proved to be a huge success.
Read the review by Trevor Raggett:
recently performed in the west end musical "We Will Rock You" based on
a story written by Ben Elton around a collection of Queen songs.
proved to be a colossal hit in London and won the 2003 Theatregoers
Choice Award for Best New Musical. See:
Elton's 'We will Rock You' production.
Dzal can be seen performing live with the "Jo Burt Experience" band
regularly once a month on a Wednesday at the Bull's Head Barnes
starting 8:30pm. See:
www.thebullshead.com and www.joburt.co.uk
Dzal Martin and
the Jo Burt Experience at the ACT Theatre Kingston (2009)
used by Dzal
'88 modified Fender Squier Stratocaster
'64 Fender Stratocaster
'62 Fender Telecaster
'87 Gibson 335
2002 Gibson Les Paul Standard
'59 Gibson Les Paul Junior
Lebeda Dobro Style acoustic
'71 Martin D18 Acoustic
Gibson J 35 acoustic
Martin Style 2 Ukelele
'67 Vox AC 30 Top Boost
Peavey Delta Blues
Marshall DSL 2000 100w
'87 Gibson 335 guitar
Dzal is available as a
professional session player for recording and performing live and is
capable of playing guitar across a diverse
number of music styles including country, blues, rock, soul, funk, pop
a versatile and experienced player and has a wide repertoire of cover
songs for all types of live work and is also adept at playing electric
and acoustic slide plus finger picking and flat pick acoustic guitar.
hopes you enjoy your visit here and looks forward to hearing from you
especially should you need any exceptional guitar playing on your next
recording session or a reliable and proficient guitarist and backing
vocalist for any future live gigs!
Listen to and purchase Dzal's new album 'Drawing Horses' here: dzalmartin.com
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