Julio Marti was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1956. At 27 years of age he left an important position at the Spanish National Health Service to become a full-time promoter, having already spent five years promoting jazz concerts.
From the 80s onwards, Julio was considered the most important jazz promoter in Spain, and he soon began to work with blues artists such as BB King, Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter; latin musicians such as Celia Cruz, Machito Orchestra, Ruben Blades and Tito Puente; jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, and Diana Krall; and Spanish legends like Tete Montoliu and Paco de Lucia, just to name a few.
Later he began to get involved with all areas of the business, and at various times he managed Michel Camilo, Kiko Veneno, Vicente Amigo, and Chano Dominguez, among others.
He also became a music producer and was given a Grammy award nomination for his part in Calle 54 – a documentary about Latin jazz by Spanish director Fernando Trueba. He also won a Latin Grammy with Spain by Michel Camilo and Tomatito, and El arte del Sabor by Bebo Valdés.
Later he began promoting other genres such as pop rock (Santana, Tina Turner, Crosby Stills & Nash, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Robert Plant, Joe Cocker etc; R&B (James Brown, Al Green & The Roots, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Macy Gray, Solomon Burke and Earth Wind & Fire); Latin & Brazilian artists (Juan Luis Guerra, Joao Gilberto, AC Jobim, Marisa Monte, Caetano Veloso, Maria Gadu and many more); and African artists (Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita, Papa Wemba, Lokua Kanza and Richard Bona).
In addition, he produced the opera Facing Goya by composer Michael Nyman, and premiered the operatic version of the film Beauty and the Beast by Philip Glass, which is based on the film by Jean Cocteau.
In 2009, he produced the flamenco show Flamenco Hoy de Carlos Saura, which has toured the world (including Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Granada, New York, Mexico D.F., Lima, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, Moscow, Istanbul, Adelaide and Iceland.)
In total, Julio is responsible for more than 10,000 international concerts in Spain.
He is currently the co-owner and artistic director of Noches del Botánico, which takes place in Madrid and is the second most attended music event in the city after Madcool Festival. This year’s edition of the event will be its fifth.