One of the country’s most acclaimed jazz guitarists is headlining at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood on Friday.
Martin Taylor is a multi award winning guitarist and composer who has established a reputation as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing.
He is being supported on Friday by local singer and songwriter Dan Wilde.
Completely self taught, Martin has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning five decades and developing a way of playing the guitar that is admired and imitated by guitarists all over the world.
He spends much of the year travelling the world as well as presiding over the innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy which he also established online last year.
As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres including Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, 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 – was released in 1992 and was number one in the HMV Jazz Charts for 12 weeks.
After two 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 The West of Scotland and in 2002 was appointed MBE for Services To Jazz Music in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
In 2007 he received the BBC Radio 2 Heart of Jazz award and a Lifetime Achievement award from the North Wales Jazz Guitar Festival for his contribution to jazz guitar worldwide. He has also received a record 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist and as a composer was nominated for Best Contemporary Song in the BBC Folk Awards in 2009.
His many TV credits include the theme music for After You’ve Gone and the cult Nicole-Papa TV commercials for the Renault Clio.
His recent collaboration with Guy Barker saw the debut of their Spirit of Django Orchestral Suite which they performed for the first time in November 2010 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
The show starts at 8pm. Tickets are £14 from (01253) 887693 or online at www.marinehall.co.uk