Jamie has built a strong reputation throughout the UK and overseas, as a dynamic jazz guitarist and teacher. His playing has been heard at a long list of clubs and festivals, such as Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Oliver's, Manchester Jazz Festival, NQ Jazz (Manchester), Birmingham Jazz, Wakefield Jazz, Sheffield Jazz, Leeds Jazz, RNCM, Stavanger Trad Festival (part of Mai Jazz), Scarborough Jazz Festival, The Blue Lamp (Aberdeen), Benningan's (Londonderry/Derry), Bonington Theatre (Nottingham), and Lincoln Drill Hall amongst many others.
Jamie appears frequently with drummer Sebastiaan DeKrom's resident trio at the legendary Troubadour club in London's Earl's Court, usually alongside organist Pete Whittaker, or regular bassists Jeremy Brown and Steve Watts. Meanwhile, his collaboration with fellow guitarist Sam Dunn is a recurrent feature of Ronnie's Scott's 'Two For The Road' duo series. Jamie has also been privileged to work on a more occasional basis with many other excellent jazz musicians, among them Baptiste Herbin, Wayne Escoffery, Sheryl Bailey, John Stowell, John Goldsby, Bart DeFoort, Roni Ben-Hur, Steve Fishwick, Alan Barnes, Tori Freestone, and Richard Iles.
In the educational field, Jamie is a Principal Lecturer in Jazz Guitar on the degree programme at Leeds Conservatoire, for which he also served as Course Leader between 2007-2009. Meanwhile, his instructional videos have reached a global audience via the US website www.mikesmasterclasses.com
What the critics say:
"Jamie Taylor's edgy fusion guitar burns through..." - John Fordham, The Guardian