Jamie Taylor

Instrument: Guitar | Location: Sheffield

“An uncanny ability...always grooving.”
—Just Jazz Guitar

Updated: July 2, 2019

Born: November 9, 1977

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, Sheryl Bailey, Roni Ben-Hur, Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Sebastiaan DeKrom, Andrea DiBiase, Steve Fishwick, Richard Iles, Tom Harrison, Steve Brown, Pete Whittaker, Gary Potter, David Lyttle, Laura Jurd, and Tori Freestone. 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 toured the UK in September 2017 with six-piece jazz/rock project “Perpetual Motion Machine”. Scroll down to the “Videos” section to see this exciting band in action!

Jamie's previous group “Outside Line” was formed in 2013, and the following year released its debut album on GLP Records “Introducing Outside Line” to considerable critical acclaim.

Jamie is now available for distance learning and is also producing instructional videos for Mike Masterclasses. Again, you can watch samples of these classes in the “Videos” section below, or visit www.jamie-taylor.com and www.mikesmasterclasses.com for further details...


Jamie Taylor is a Hofner Artist and uses
Thomastik-Infeld strings in association with Barnes & Mullins:

Hofner New President
Hofner Verithin
Gibson L4-CES
Waterloo WL-14X
Thomastik Infeld Strings
Polytone Mini Brute
Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight solid state amp head
Celestion speakers
Mongotone cabinets
Mambo Amplifiers

“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




Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


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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