Martin Taylor, Thursday, May 2, 2013


Martin Taylor
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“..arguably the most accomplished solo guitar player in the world.” – Guitar Player Magazine

(Santa Cruz, CA) Recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing, British born Martin Taylor has enjoyed a musical career spanning over 30 years. A child prodigy who began to play at the age of four, Taylor’s self-taught style was inspired by gypsy guitar great Django Reinhardt, as well as pianists Art Tatum and Bill Evans. Despite his connection to the great Reinhardt, he has developed a solo guitar style that is uniquely his own through his melding of influences including Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, Lenny Breau and Joe Pass

A self-taught master, Acoustic Guitar Magazine called Taylor “THE acoustic guitarist of his generation.”  A bold, claim, but one that is easily backed up through his astounding discography and lengthy list of impressive collaborations with the likes of Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick and Chet Atkins.  A short list of Taylor’s awards and accolades includes two honorary doctorates, 14 British Jazz Awards and appointment by the Queen of Britain as an MBE ‘For Services to Jazz Music.’

Taylor kicked off his career in 1979 by joining legendary French violinist Stephane Grappeli on the road…a position he kept for the next eleven years.  He also recorded over twenty albums with Grappeli, including their Grammy-nominated 1987 album with Vassar Clements, Together At Last.  Of Taylor’s abilities, Grappeli once said that he was “a great artist, rich in talent and elegance.”  Taylor jump-started his solo career in 1992, with the release of his album, Artistry, followed by a string of successful albums for Sony/Columbia Records.

His latest album is 2010’s Double Standards and he recently delved into the literary world, by releasing his autobiography, “Martin Taylor – Autobiography of a Travelling Musician.”  He also oversees the innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy, headquartered in Napa, CA.  Having been profiled by NPR, BBC and Fox, this academy has lead Taylor to become one of the world’s most recognizable guitar teachers, providing online lessons to subscribing guitarists in over 58 countries.

Martin Taylor

DATE: Thursday, May 2, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan


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