Simon Kaylor

Senior Lecturer

Simon Kaylor (BA, PGDip, MMus) has played saxophone professionally since 1999 and is based in Leeds, UK. He moved to Leeds to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music in 1999 and after completing his B.A.(Hons) Degree, he went on to gain a Masters Degree, (also from LCM) and received the LCM Award for Outstanding Performance, the LCM Award for Postgraduate Studies and the 'Spud Murphy' Saxophone Prize. In Dec 2005, Simon went to Boston, USA to study intensively for two months with saxophone Colossus, Jerry Bergonzi.

He is currently involved in numerous mainstream and contemporary, experimental jazz projects such as 'IDST', Dave Kane's Rabbit Project, The Jamil Sheriff Big Band, YJO and Tommy Evans' 'The Green Seagull', as well as being an in demand session player, performing all over the world. The contemporary jazz group, 'IDST' won the 2009 Jazz Services Promoters' Choice Award and as a result appeared at London, Manchester and Scarborough Jazz Festivals. The group has just completed recording their second album, due for release shortly. It is a follow up to 'Seven Dials', their debut release which was the basis for a successful National Tour. The group were also recently awarded the 'Jazz Yorkshire - Band of the Year 2010' award.

Simon has also worked on many national touring shows including The Rat Pack Las Vegas Spectacular, Karpenters 'Top of The World', Blues Brothers and The Magic of Motown and has also appeared with artists such as Billy Paul, Dorothy Moore, Freda Payne, Ben E King, Jean Knight, Percy Sledge, Jimmy Ruffin, The Temptations Review, Candi Staton, David Gest, Connie Lush, Mo Pleasure (Ray Charles, Michael Jackson), Jeff Pevar (James Taylor, Ray Charles), Stanley Banks (George Benson, David Sanborn), Buddy Williams, Roy Wood (E.L.O, The Move, Wizard), Eliot Kennedy (Spice Girls, Westlife, Bryan Adams), Marissa Turner (Prince, Chaka Khan), Deneice Williams, The Stylistics, SClub, 5ive, Peter Kay, Kavanna, Kenny Thomas, Bob Mintzer, Iain Ballamy, Thomas Stronen, Ken Vandermark, Joanna McGreggor, Polish Pop Star, Tatiana Okupnik and many more. Simon was recently awarded the Jazz Yorkshire 'Instrumentalist of the Year' award and gained a PGDiploma in Performing Arts Education from the RNCM.

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