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 with many great jazz musicians including Iain Ballamy, Eddie Parker, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon, Time 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 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.
Jonathan worked on many productions for Bristol Old Vic Theatre in the 1990’s as keyboard player/MD including The Rise & Fall of Little Voice, Stone Free, Marat/Sade, Blues Brother Soul Sister and A Streetcar Named Desire. More recently he worked with choreographer Matthew Bourne’s ‘New Adventures’ company on Edward Scissorhands.
He currently teaches jazz at the Guildhall School in London and is a music examiner for ABRSM.