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 Sheryl Bailey, John Stowell, Baptiste Herbin, Roni Ben-Hur, Tori Freestone, Steve Fishwick, Laura Jurd, Sebastiaan DeKrom, Geoff Gascoyne, Andrea DiBiase, Tim Thornton, Matt Fishwick, Pete Whittaker, Richard Iles, Alan Barnes, David Lyttle, Tom Harrison, Steve Brown, Neil Yates, Krzysztof Urbanski, Jim Mullen, Gary Potter, Richard Hawley, The Pigeon Detectives, and members of Cinematic Orchestra.
Jamie is a principal lecturer at Leeds Conservatoire, (formerly 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. Some of his most rewarding musical work has been in the company of LCoM colleagues like Jamil Sheriff, Dave Walsh, Garry Jackson, Joel Purnell, Mark Chandler, Caroline Boaden, and Kevin Holbrough. 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.
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. Closer to home, he is also Electric Guitar Advisor and Examiner for the organization Yorkshire Young Musicians.
In September 2017, Jamie completed a 15-date UK tour with “Perpetual Motion Machine“, a jazz-rock six piece featuring Sam Dunn, Riley Stone-Lonergan, Ben Lowman, Garry Jackson, and Steve Hanley. You can watch the band in action here.
Jamie Taylor is a Hofner Artist and uses Thomastik-Infeld strings, supplied by agreement with Barnes & Mullins.