Born: November 9, 1977 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Between 2007 and 2009 Jamie was Course Leader for Jazz at Leeds College of Music (the UK's largest conservatoire), where he remains a principal lecturer on the jazz faculty.
He has worked with leading UK jazz musicians like Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Steve Brown, Gary Potter, and F-IRE Collective's Carlos Lopez-Real. In the field of popular music he has contributed to projects involving Mercury Music Prize nominee Richard Hawley, CANDID recording artist Sarah Mitchell, and Leeds-based indie band The Pigeon Detectives. Jamie has also played with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, made several television appearances, and contributed to the American magazine 'Just Jazz Guitar'. In 2005 Jamie featured at the North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festival sharing the bill with Jim Mullen, Trefor Owen, and ex-'Police' guitarist Andy Summers.
Java was formed in 2003, with pianist Jamil Sheriff, bassist Garry Jackson, and percussionist Nick Smalley completing the line up. Four of the members are Leeds College of Music alumni; today, Jamil Sheriff, Garry Jackson, and Jamie Taylor are on the college's jazz faculty.
Jamie is now available for distance learning and is also producing instructional videos for Mike Masterclasses. See www.jamie-taylor.com and www.mikesmasterclasses.com for further details...
Awards:Eric Kershaw Memorial Prize for Plectrum Guitar UK - 2000
Enormously impressive...Taylor's playing is full of ideas with a strong sense of direction - Jazz UK
Jamie Taylor: guitar; Jamil Sheriff: piano; Garry Jackson: double bass; Nick Smalley: drums; Henrik Linnemann: flute
Anywhere But Here...
Jamie Taylor: guitar; Jamil Sheriff: piano; Garry Jackson: double bass; Nick Smalley: drums;
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Jamie is Course Leader for Jazz at Leeds College of Music (the UK's largest conservatoire), where he is also a senior lecturer on the jazz faculty. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds and a visiting artist at the University of Hull.
Jamie is available for clinics on many aspects of jazz improvisation, including: learning repertoire by ear, time feel and articulation, and harmonic techniques.
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