Jamie Taylor is a jazz guitarist based in the North of England. He maintains a busy performing schedule, having been privileged to work along the way with some wonderful musicians across a range of styles, such as Baptiste Herbin, Steve Fishwick, Sebastiaan DeKrom, Alan Barnes, Tori Freestone, Laura Jurd, David Lyttle, Carlos Lopez-Real, Tom Harrison, Steve Brown, Neil Yates, Gary Potter, Richard Hawley, The Pigeon Detectives, and members of Cinematic Orchestra.
Jamie is a principal lecturer at Leeds College of Music, teaching guitar and small ensembles on the UK’s longest-running jazz degree programme (having served as its Course Leader between 2007-2009), where his faculty colleagues are Dave Walsh, Tom Cawley, Dave Newton, Sebastiaan DeKrom, Steve Fishwick, Stuart Mc.Callum, Lauren Kinsella, Mark Sanders, Tim Giles, Kevin Holbrough, Mark Chandler, Kari Bleivik, Jiannis Pavlidis, Ulrich Elbracht, Garry Jackson, Jim Corry, Zoltan Dekany, Joel Purnell, Amy Gamlen, Rob Mitchell, and Simon Kaylor – all under the leadership of pianist/composer Jamil Sheriff.
Jamie is also an instrumental tutor at the University of Sheffield, and a featured “master” on the internationally respected website Mike’s Masterclasses, alongside artists such as Lorne Lofsky, Paul Bollenbeck, Sheryl Bailey, John Stowell, and Steve Herberman.
In November 2015, Jamie was one of the first UK jazz educators to become an eStaccato ambassador along with Martin Speake, and his LCoM colleagues Ivo Neame and Steve Fishwick. Meanwhile, closer to home, he is also Electric Guitar Advisor and Examiner for the organization Yorkshire Young Musicians. Many of Jamie’s students have had successful careers of their own, working amongst many others with Cinematic Orchestra, Roller Trio, Bryan Ferry, Simply Red, Led Bib, Submotion Orchestra, Everything Everything, Abstract Orchestra, and The 1975. Thanks to the possibilities of the internet, Jamie now has students all over the world.
Jamie’s latest project is “Perpetual Motion Machine“, a jazz-rock six piece featuring Sam Dunn, Riley Stone-Lonergan, Ben Lowman, Garry Jackson, and Steve Hanley. Nationwide live dates for 2017 are currently in the works and you can watch this group in action here.
Jamie Taylor is a Hofner Artist.