Jamie Taylor

Principal Lecturer: Jazz



Job Title: Principal Lecturer

Courses Taught:  BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

Specialisms: Jazz Guitar, Jazz Composition, Improvisation

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 critics including The Guardian’s John Fordham, and Jazzwise’s Robert Shore) has been heard at a long list of jazz venues/festivals including The Vortex, Pizza Express Jazz Club Dean Street, The Troubadour, Oliver’s, Wavendon Stables, Birmingham Jazz, The Blue Lamp (Aberdeen), Glyndwr University (Wrexham), Jazz @ Future Inn (Bristol), Bonington Theatre (Nottingham), Sheffield Jazz, Splinter (Newcastle), Studio Two and Frederik’s (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), Scarborough Jazz Festival, Burton Agnes Jazz Festival, Matt and Phred’s (Manchester), NQ Jazz (Manchester), Benningans (Londonderry/Derry), and Zeffirelli’s (Ambleside), amongst many others across the United Kingdom.

Along the way, Jamie has worked with many leading jazz musicians, amongst them Sheryl Bailey, Baptiste Herbin, Roni Ben-Hur, Laura Jurd, Steve Fishwick, Sebastiaan DeKrom, Tori Freestone, David Lyttle, Neil Yates, Richard Iles, Tom Harrison, Alan Barnes, and Gary Potter. 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 jazz label Candid.
In September 2017, Jamie completed a 15-date UK tour with the jazz/rock group “Perpetual Motion Machine”, in support of its debut album, released in 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 contemporary big band for the same label, and participated in a number of associated live dates.
Jamie has also 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

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 featured tutor on the residential guitar courses run by North Wales Jazz.

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, Submotion Orchestra, Roller Trio, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra and many others. One of the most successful of these former students is the internationally acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Bruno Major, to whom Jamie gave 1-to-1 tuition for three years.
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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