Jazz guitarist and popular online guitar teacher Martin Taylor was awarded ‘Guitarist of the Year’ at the British Jazz Awards in a ceremony that honors the United Kingdom’s top jazz musicians and jazz educators.
The vote, by members of the British public, sees Taylor collecting an unprecedented fifteenth award at the British Jazz Awards to add to his cabinet which already includes an M.B.E. from the Queen of Great Britain, two honorary doctorates, a Grammy nomination and an award for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education.
Dr. Martin Taylor, MBE, who has collaborated with artists ranging from Jeff Beck and Tommy Emmanuel to David Grisman and Bill Wyman, is also the founder of the ArtistWorks Online Fingerstyle Guitar School, the world’s largest online jazz and fingerstyle guitar school, with students in over 58 countries.
“I'm very honored to receive this award, said Taylor. “I've spent the past 39 years as a professional jazz guitarist and I thank everyone that continues to support me by coming to my concerts, and everyone that has voted for me for this award. I’d also like to also thank all the students at my online guitar school who continue the tradition of jazz guitar playing around the world.”
Martin Taylor is currently touring in Japan and North America for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013. For tour dates, visit www.martintaylor.com. For information about his interactive online fingerstyle guitar school, visit www.martintaylorguitar.com.