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, Roni Ben-Hur, Tori Freestone, Steve Fishwick, Laura Jurd, Sebastiaan DeKrom, Richard Iles, Alan Barnes, David Lyttle, 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). He 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; for example, as solo artists such as Bruno Major, in bands such as Roller Trio, Led Bib, Submotion Orchestra, Everything Everything, and Abstract Orchestra, or as session musicians with the likes of Cinematic Orchestra, Bryan Ferry, Simply Red, 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. The group completed a 15-date UK tour in September 2017 – you can watch it in action here.
Jamie Taylor is a Hofner Artist.