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Martin Taylor

Primary Instrument: Guitar

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....
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Awards

1985 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
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    Last Train to Hauteville

    The Guitar Label
    2010
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    Double Standards

    P3 Music
    2008
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    The Valley

    Artists Own
    2004
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    Gypsy Journey

    Artists Own
    2003
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    Solo

    Artists Own
    2002
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    Nitelife

    Artists Own
    2001
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    Kiss And Tell

    Artists Own
    1999
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Oct21 Martin Taylor
Artrix Arts Centre
Bromsgrove , UK
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‘Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable’ – Pat Metheny ‘He out-shred’s all of us put together….I’ve never seen anything like it’ – Jeff Beck “Europe’s finest guitarist” – JazzTimes “The man is no less than a guitar genius” – Martin Bashir (MSNBC Anchor) “There is a touch of genius in his playing” – Classical Guitar Magazine “No matter how complex or daring, Taylor’s interpretations never short change the melodies; indeed, his remarkable fluid touch embues a seamless beauty. Martin Taylor is something to behold.” – The Washington Post “Taylor is the finest British guitarist of his generation” – The Times of London “Martin Taylor is one of the greatest and most impressive guitar players in the world.” – Chet Atkins

Primary InstrumentGuitar

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background2010 saw the launch of the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online. As one of the world’s most recognized online guitar teachers his innovative online guitar school with its headquarters in Napa, CA has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and the LA Times and is subscribed to by guitarists in over 58 countries. 1999 Honorary Doctorate University of the West of Scotland 2002 Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), awarded by HM the Queen for Services to Music 2008 International Association For Jazz Education, Outstanding Service to Jazz Education 2010 Honorary Doctorate Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Martin Taylor Signature Guitar with Peerless, AER, Elixir Strings, Intellitouch Tuners, Milab Mics
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