Born: October 20, 1956
Multi award winning guitarist and composer MARTIN TAYLOR has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.
Although completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, and during that time has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, with a strong stage presence....
Awards1985 Music Retailer’s Association Award For Excellence 1987 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1987 Grammy Nomination: Best Country Instrumental, ‘Together At Last’ (Grappelli-Clements) 1988 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1989 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1990 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1991 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1993 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1995 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1997 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1997 British Jazz Awards, Best Small Group: Martin Taylor’s Spirit of Django 1998 Freedom of the City of London 1999 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 1999 British Academy of Composers and Songwriters ‘Gold Badge of Merit’ 1999 Honorary Doctorate University of the West of Scotland 2001 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 2002 Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), awarded by HM the Queen for Services to Music 2002 International Guitar Foundation, Best Album: Solo 2003 Pioneer to the Life of the Nation, awarded by HM the Queen 2005 Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, City of London 2007 BBC Radio 2 ‘Heart Of Jazz’ Award 2007 British Jazz Awards, Best Guitarist 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award NWJS 2008 International Association For Jazz Education, Outstanding Service to Jazz Education 2010 Honorary Doctorate Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 2012 Scottish Jazz Awards, Best Live Jazz 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, Ards International Guitar Festival
Last Train to HautevilleThe Guitar Label
Double StandardsP3 Music
The ValleyArtists Own
Gypsy JourneyArtists Own
Kiss And TellArtists Own
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- Last Train to Hauteville by John Barron
- Double Standards by John Barron
- Nitelife by Jim Santella
- Nitelife by Charles Chapman
- In Concert by David Adler