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Jamie Taylor

Between 2007 and 2009 Jamie was Course Leader for Jazz at Leeds College of Music (the UK's largest conservatoire), where he remains a principal lecturer on the jazz faculty. He has worked with leading jazz musicians like Baptiste Herbin, Sheryl Bailey, John Stowell, Roni Ben-Hur, John Goldsby, Wayne Escoffery, Alan Barnes, Jim Mullen, Sebastiaan DeKrom, Andrea DiBiase, Steve Watts, Matt Fishwick, Steve Fishwick, Richard Iles, Steve Brown, Pete Whittaker, Gary Potter, David Lyttle, Laura Jurd, and Tori Freestone. In the field of popular music he has contributed to projects involving Mercury Music Prize nominee Richard Hawley, CANDID recording artist Sarah Mitchell, and Leeds-based indie band "The Pigeon Detectives". Jamie's current project is "Trio JDM" - a contemporary organ trio led by drummer Dave Walsh. Jamie toured the UK in September 2017 with six-piece jazz/rock project "Perpetual Motion Machine". Scroll down to the "Videos" section to see this exciting band in action! Jamie's previous group "Outside Line" was formed in 2013, and the following year released its debut album on GLP Records "Introducing Outside Line" to considerable critical acclaim. Jamie is now available for distance learning and is also producing instructional videos for Mike Masterclasses. Again, you can watch samples of these classes in the "Videos" section below, or visit www.jamie-taylor.com and www.mikesmasterclasses.com for further details...


Eric Kershaw Memorial Prize for Plectrum Guitar UK - 2000


Jamie Taylor is a Hofner Artist and uses
Thomastik-Infeld strings in association with Barnes & Mullins:

Hofner New President
Hofner Verithin
Gibson L4
Waterloo WL-14X
Thomastik Infeld Strings
Fender Deluxe Reverb
Polytone Mini Brute
Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight solid state amp head
Celestion speakers
Mongotone cabinets
Mambo Amplifiers


Album Review

Jamie Taylor & Java: Cat Dreams

Read "Cat Dreams" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

With Cat Dreams, UK guitarist Jamie Taylor combines his high-energy chops with a hard swingin' rhythm section to produce an album that is sure to bring him greater recognition in North America. Jamie Taylor has become known as a young lion on the British jazz scene, as he regularly performs with some of the country's top musicians and at many of the islands hottest jazz venues. Aside from being an accomplished performer, Taylor is also the course leader for jazz ...

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“Someone New Suite and Three Colours: Blues Suite show off starkly contrasting soundscapes. The former has a clear indebtedness to the likes of Paul Motian, with elements of 1970s fusion and prog, while the latter offers an alternative perspective on the blues legacy, taking in elements of swing, bop, and funk. It’s clever, engaging stuff.” Robert Shore, Jazzwise
"Jamie Taylor’s edgy fusion guitar burns through” John Fordham, The Guardian

“T.T.F. is a poised meeting between Jamie Taylor’s restlessly inquisitive guitar and Tori Freestone’s carefree, fluttering flute work, with exquisite mediation from the horn section” Robert Shore, Jazzwise

"An uncanny ability...what more could you want from a jazz guitar?" - Just Jazz Guitar Magazine "Enormously impressive...Taylor's playing is full of ideas with a strong sense of direction" - Jazz UK

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Jamie is Principal Lecturer in Jazz at Leeds College of Music (the UK's largest conservatoire). He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield. Jamie is a featured master on the website mikesmasterclasses.com

Clinic/Workshop Information

Jamie is available for clinics on many aspects of jazz improvisation, including: learning repertoire by ear, time feel and articulation, and harmonic techniques

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Turn Three

From: Fast Corners
By Jamie Taylor

Ursa Minor/Ursa Major

From: Ignition (Perpetual Motion...
By Jamie Taylor

Dig Doug

From: Introducing Outside Line
By Jamie Taylor


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