ABOUT MARTIN:

"The warmth of his textured, layered playing is, at once, tastefully measured yet masterfully virtuosic."

Many musicians claim Django Reinhardt as an influence, but how many have been heirs to that great gypsy-jazz tradition? Only Martin Taylor holds that distinction. Taylor spent more than a decade in the spot originally held by Reinhardt, touring and recording with famed French violinist Stephane Grappelli, who described Taylor as “a great artist, rich in talent and elegance.”

Self-taught, but hailing from a musical family, Taylor possesses one of the world’s most unique and inimitable fingerstyle techniques, capable of playing bass, chords and melodies simultaneously in a solo setting. Despite his formidable reservoir of technique, Taylor’s playing is never anything less than warm, inviting and eminently tasteful.

Beginning with his father, Taylor has been surrounded by self-taught musicians his entire life, allowing him to absorb influences from each while grafting elements of their playing into his own. Taylor’s style reflects that of mentors Grappelli and Ike Isaacs, as well as stride pianist Art Tatum, guitar innovator Chet Atkins and many others.

Taylor’s one-of-a-kind technique defies category and transcends genres, attracting not only jazz guitarists, but rock players as well. Now, after having benefited from his own mentors, Taylor himself is assuming the mentor mantle, passing along his legacy and offering his knowledge online via The Martin Taylor Guitar Academy.

Award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world's foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. Although completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across four decades. During that time he has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong stage presence. He spends much of the year traveling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australia.

As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres, including Stephane Grappelli, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Sacha Distel, Bryn Terfel and Jamie Cullum. From 1979 to 1990 he toured the world and recorded over 20 albums with the French jazz violin legend Stephane Grappelli. Their album with Vassar Clements Together At Last won a Grammy Nomination in 1987.

His ground breaking solo album Artistry, produced by Steve Howe, was released in 1992 to much critical acclaim. It was No 1 in the HMV Jazz Charts for a record 12 weeks and launched his career as an international solo artist. After two very successful albums for Sony/Columbia, Kiss and Tell and Nitelife, he went on to record several albums for The Guitar Label. In 1999 he was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Paisley, Scotland and in 2002, was appointed MBE "For Services To Jazz Music", in The Queen's Birthday Honours List, which he received personally from Her Majesty The Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.

In 2007 he received the prestigious BBC Radio 2 "Heart of Jazz" Award in recognition of his career in music, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Wales Jazz Guitar Festival for his "Contribution to Jazz Guitar Worldwide" and was voted Best Guitarist in the British Jazz Awards for a record eleventh time. His autobiography "Martin Taylor - Autobiography of a Traveling Musician" and his latest CD/DVD Fraternity are available worldwide..