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Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor

Multi award winning guitarist and composer 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 five decades, and during that time 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, humor, with a strong stage presence. He spends much of the year traveling the world, playing in concert halls of every continent.
As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum. His ground breaking solo album "Artistry", produced by Steve Howe, was released in 1992 to much critical and audience acclaim.
In 1999 he was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of The West of 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. He also received a record of 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist and the prestigious BBC Radio 2 "Heart of Jazz".
His many TV credits include the theme music for "After You’ve Gone" and the cult "Nicole-Papa" TV commercials for the Renault Clio.
2010 saw the launch of the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online.