Jazz guitarist coming to Utah State

Utah State University will host a concert by internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Martin Taylor. “Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument,” said jazz guitarist and composer Pat Matheny. “He’s unbelievable.” Presented by the guitar program in USU’s Department of Music, Taylor’s appearance in Logan is Saturday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., at USU’s Performance Hall. Tickets are available at the Caine School of the Arts Box Office in the Chase Fine Arts Center, FA 138-B, 435-797-8022, or online (http://boxoffice.usu.edu/) and are $20 or $5 for students. “We are very fortunate to have a guitarist the caliber of Martin Taylor perform on our campus,” said Mike Christiansen, head of USU’s guitar program. “He is indeed one of the premier jazz guitarists in the world.” Prior to his concert, Taylor is featured in a workshop/class presentation for interested guitarists, also presented Saturday, March 27. USU guitar students are admitted free, with a $5 admission for all others. For time and location, contact Christiansen at (435) 797-3011. Not only is Taylor a noted jazz guitarist, he is titled as well and is known as Dr. Martin Taylor, MBE. In 1999 he was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Paisley, Scotland, and in 2002 was appointed MBE for “Services to Jazz Music” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which he received personally from Queen Elizabeth II at an investiture at Buckingham Palace. Taylor has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician. His biography shows he is completely self taught, and his career spans four decades. During that time he invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired — and often imitated — by guitarists around the world. Dazzling audiences, his solo shows combine virtuosity, emotion, humor and strong stage presence. He spends much of the year travelling the world playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia and Australia. In addition to earning the Order of the British Empire, Taylor received the prestigious BBC Radio 2 “Heart of Jazz” Award in 2007 in recognition of his career in music, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Wales Jazz Guitar Festival for his “Contribution to Jazz Guitar Worldwide” and was voted Best Guitarist in the British Jazz Awards for a record 11th time. “I’m sure that those attending Martin Taylor’s concert in Logan will be talking about it for years to come,” Christiansen said. “I would encourage not only guitarists, but anyone who enjoys listening to guitar, to take advantage of this rare opportunity.”

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