Jeff Martini started the One Two Soul Revue with childhood friend, fellow musician and producer Mike New in Brooklyn, New York, where they relocated after years in the Virginia mountains. Jeff and Mike played in bands The Thrift Unit, The Middleweight Contenders and The Prime Ministers together. Combining elements of indie rock, experimental sound design and New Orleans Funk, The Prime Ministers, including members Dave Dilks and Timothy “LOPEZ” Reily, moved to Brooklyn in 1998 at the start of the storm of "cool". They played renowned clubs such as Brownies, CBGBs and North Six (now Music Hall of Williamsburg), opening for bands such as The Shipping News and groups with members of June of '44. After The Prime Ministers’ demise, Jeff started a solo 'thang and played bass and sang in The Meters cover band Kings Crescent. He also backed the Fiery Furnaces for a legendary fundraiser for President Obama.
Jeff moved to Washington, DC in 2010 and was invited by Avy Mallik and Alexandra Wood to play music. They established a rapport at a rehearsal space on George Washington University’s campus, later moving to a garage on H street Northeast to further cut their teeth in the swamps of the "Mighty Diamond". The band worked on songs written by Jeff and produced by Mike, later adding songs written by Avy and honed with the help of Alex on drums. The band picked up Scott Firestone on trumpet in early 2011 and the DC version of the One Two Soul Revue was born: Jeff on vocals, bass and saxophone; Avy on guitar; Alex on drums and percussion; and Scott on trumpet. The band has continued to play shows throughout Washington DC, including rocking out the 2012 H Street Fest to an elated crowd.