Jonathan Taylor spent most of the 1990's making a living as a jazz pianist and composer, working with musicians such as Andy Sheppard, Iain Ballamy and Pee Wee Ellis, and performing his own music at jazz festivals around the UK. These days he is more usually found playing and writing for Tango Siempre, the UK's leading Argentinean Tango group, and has done since their inception in 1998, recording four albums and playing in every kind of venue imaginable from concert halls in major European cities to tiny village halls on remote Scottish islands.
In 2006 he recorded a tango-jazz fusion project with saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and legendary drummer/electronic wizard Steve Arguelles and in 2008 has been touring with bandoneonist Paolo Russo, writing music that combines tango with jazz, electronica and contemporary classical music. Away from tango he can sometimes be found in the theatre - touring recently with choreographer Matthew Bourne's 'Edward Scissorhands' - giving a solo jazz recital alongside virtuoso jazz pianist Uri Caine or playing funk with Fred Wesley's band around Europe.
He has recorded an album of his own jazz compositions featuring flautist Eddie Parker (available from www.jazzcds.co.uk), attempted to set up a jazz record label and currently teaches jazz at the Guildhall School in London. He also recently recorded an album of contemporary classical saxophone and piano music and, in a less serious vein, works regularly with 'Instant Wit', an improvised comedy show.
Jonathan's compositions and arrangements available on SXP include: