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Jamie Taylor

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 jazz musicians like Baptiste Herbin, Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Sebastiaan DeKrom, Steve Fishwick, Richard Iles, Steve Brown, Gary Potter, Reuben Fowler, David Lyttle, Laura Jurd, Jamil Sheriff, and 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.

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“Someone New Suite and Three Colours: Blues Suite show off starkly contrasting soundscapes. The former has a clear indebtedness to the likes of Paul Motian, with elements of 1970s fusion and prog, while the latter offers an alternative perspective on the blues legacy, taking in elements of swing, bop, and funk. It’s clever, engaging stuff.” Robert Shore, Jazzwise

“Jamie Taylor’s edgy fusion guitar burns through” John Fordham, The Guardian

“T.T.F. is a poised meeting between Jamie Taylor’s restlessly inquisitive guitar and Tori Freestone’s carefree, fluttering flute work, with exquisite mediation from the horn section” Robert Shore, Jazzwise

“An uncanny ability...what more could you want from a jazz guitar?” - Just Jazz Guitar Magazine

“Enormously impressive...Taylor's playing is full of ideas with a strong sense of direction” - Jazz UK

Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

Sheffield

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Jamie is Principal Lecturer in Jazz at Leeds College of Music (the UK's largest conservatoire). He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield. Jamie is a featured master on the website mikesmasterclasses.com

Clinic/Workshop Information

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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