Jonathan Taylor

Pianist, composer and educator for 20 years, Jonathan Taylor currently teaches jazz at the Guildhall School in London. He has worked with legendary funk musicians Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, and has 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.

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. He co-created the successful West-End show 'Midnight Tango' and has appeared 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 has a keen interest in traditional Irish music and plays various types of penny whistle when he is not practising scales and arpeggios on the piano.