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JONATHAN TAYLOR

MUSICIAN COMPOSER EDUCATOR

 

Biography

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Jonathan Taylor has been a pianist, composer and educator for twenty years, primarily in the fields of jazz and tango music. He has worked with legendary funk musicians Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley and played and recorded with many great jazz musicians including Iain Ballamy, Eddie Parker, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead and Steve Arguelles. He studied composition at Middlesex University and has written music for large and small ensembles, contemporary dance and music education projects. He currently teaches jazz at the Guildhall School in London and is a music examiner for ABRSM.

Outside of jazz Jonathan is a founder member of the UK’s leading tango ensemble Tango Siempre and has performed with them in every kind of venue imaginable from concert halls in Europe to tiny village halls on remote Scottish islands. Most recently he co-created and toured the successful West-End show ‘Midnight Tango’ featuring dancers Vincent & Flavia as well as appearing on BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. He has recorded two albums of contemporary classical saxophone music and written arrangements for the rock musician Robert Wyatt. Numerous theatre jobs over the years include Edward Scissorhands by choreographer Matthew Bourne and Blues Brother Soul Sister with soul singer Ruby Turner.

Jonathan also plays various types of Irish whistles and is currently has a band with fiddler Tom Newell and guitarist Moss Freed called Counter's Creek.

A stylistically broad, yet completely focused artist...clever writing, interesting rhythms and strong performances...a rising star on the British jazz scene.
— Jazz Views 2003
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Music

 

from Only Human (2008) by Tango Siempre. Featuring Paolo Russo (bandoneon).

from Malandras Del Tango (2011) by Tango Siempre. Featuring Victor Villena (bandoneon), Guillermo Rozenthuler (vocals).

from Being And Becoming (2002) by Jonathan Taylor. Featuring Eddie Parker (flute).

from Synergy (1999) by What Four. Recorded live at Custard Factory, Birmingham. Commissioned by Birmingham Jazz.

Live Dates

 

Contact

 

For all enquiries contact Jonathan by email:

jon@writtenonwater.com