Jamie Taylor

Principal Lecturer in Jazz

Jamie is building a strong reputation throughout the UK and overseas, as a dynamic jazz guitarist and composer. His playing (which has drawn praise from leading UK critics including The Guardian’s John Fordham and Jazzwise’s Robert Shore) has been heard at a long list of jazz venues/festivals including Pizza Express Jazz Club Dean Street, Wavendon Stables, Birmingham Jazz, Nottingham Jazz Steps, Sheffield Jazz, Oliver’s, Splinter (Newcastle), Studio Two (Liverpool), Seven Arts (Leeds), RNCM, Wakefield Jazz, Lincoln Drill Hall, The Venue at Leeds College of Music, Manchester Jazz Festival, Stavanger Trad Festival (part of Mai Jazz), Zeffirelli’s, Matt and Phred’s, and Scarborough Jazz Festival, amongst many others across the country.
 
Along the way, Jamie has worked with many leading European jazz musicians such as Baptiste Herbin, David Lyttle, Laura Jurd, Neil Yates, Sebastiaan DeKrom Tori Freestone, Tom Harrison, Jamil Sheriff, Dave Walsh, Alan Barnes, Adrian Ingram, Gary Potter, and Carlos Lopez-Real, amongst many others. In the field of popular music, he has collaborated with Richard Hawley, The Pigeon Detectives, and Sarah Mitchell, with whom Jamie recorded for the acclaimed CANDID label.
 
Jamie's most recent project is the jazz/rock group “Perpetual Motion Machine”, which was formed in 2015 and is due to embark on a nationwide UK tour in September 2017 in support of its debut album, due to be recorded in January of the same year. Prior to this came the “Outside Line” project, which also featured Jamie’s Leeds College of Music colleagues Garry Jackson, and Dave Walsh. In January 2014 this band released the album “Introducing Outside Line” on GLP records, which was well received by the jazz press. Jamie also recorded with Jamil Sheriff’s own contemporary big band for the same label, and participated in a number of associated live dates.
 
Elsewhere, Jamie has led regular improvisation workshops in his home city on behalf of Sheffield Jazz, and has done the same for similar organizations elsewhere. He is electric guitar adviser and clinician for Yorkshire Young Musicians and has been a contributor to the American magazine ‘Just Jazz Guitar’. Recently, Jamie has reached a considerable international audience through his video jazz guitar lessons, sold online through the American website Mike’s Masterclasses where his instructional material appears alongside that of some of America’s finest jazz musicians. www.mikesmasterclasses.com He is also an ambassador for the online teaching platform eStaccato, along with his LCoM colleagues Steve Fishwick, Dave Walsh, and Ivo Neame.
 
Jamie (BA Hons, MMus) was himself a student at Leeds College of Music, graduating in 2000 with first class honours and receiving the Eric Kershaw Prize for Plectrum Guitar. After a further year of study, he completed his MMus degree, and was awarded the College Prize for Postgraduate Studies.
 Jamie was later offered a teaching post at Leeds College of Music, where he is now a Principal Lecturer teaching 1-to-1 jazz guitar lessons and ensembles. Although in a part-time role at the college today, he was Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Jazz programme between 2007 and 2009 and has taught in almost every area of the institution’s jazz curriculum. Many of his former students have gone on to forge successful performance careers of their own, and can be found working with/in a diverse range of acts including Everything Everything, Cinematic Orchestra, The 1975, Roller Trio, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra and many others.
 
Whilst his research activity has taken a back seat to performance in recent years, Jamie was a delegate at the Association of European Conservatoires Jazz/Pop Platform event at Lausanne in 2008 and has presented conference papers at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the RNCM as well as Leeds College of Music. Along with his erstwhile colleagues Dr. Petter Frost Fadnes and Dr. Catherine Tackley, Jamie co-authored a PALATINE-funded research paper entitled "Integrating Theory and Practice", subsequently published by Cambridge University Press.
Jamie Taylor is a Hofner Artist
 
For more information about Jamie: www.jamie-taylor.com

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