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Steve Tayton [ Sibeliusmusic store name: ConnectMusic]

Born Coventry, England. Started studying Clarinet at 12 years old, followed by saxophone at 16, and flute at 20. First performed in jazz clubs at 16. Steve began composing seriously when writing for electric jazz fusion band PZAZZ, with whom he toured Europe. He followed up this success writing for KPM, with his themes being played world-wide. Steve, who studied composition and saxophone at Birmingham Conservatoire, plays saxophone clarinet flute and piano. On stage he has played with, Cilla Black, Level 42, Ruby Turner, and was asked by Phil Collins to join Brand X. He has also made appearances on Top of the Pops , and on BBC Jazz Club as part of his career as a session musician in radio television and theatre. On jazz gigs he has performed with, among others, Barbara Thompson, Jim Mullen, Liam Noble, Andy Pask , Ivo Neame , Harry Beckett, Brian Waite, Spike Heatly, Acker Bilk, Humphrey Lyttleton, and has played several times at Ronnie Scott’s London, and various jazz festivals. As an educator, he has taught many pupils to diploma level in both the classical music, and jazz genres. His commissioned work includes a suite for brass band and jazz trio, Dark to Light performed at Coventry Cathedral and other venues. He received further Arts Council funding to adapt the suite for big band, and to add new music. Steve’s published books for Music Sales, are most notably the Saxmania series, including 'Great Solos', 'Rock Hits', 'The Beatles',1 and 2,'Blues Greats', 'Jazz Classics' and 'Big Band'. Other books written by him are 'Stan Getz Sax Solos'[transcriptions of ten of his solos],'Absolute Beginners Saxophone', 'The Doors for Saxophone', and editing 'The Joy of Flute', and '101 Solos'. Currently Steve is living in France, working and fronting his own quartet of young talented musicians; Charles Bordais piano, Thierry Berlatier bass and Sylvain Gallienne drums,- performing his original compositions along with the standard jazz repertoire, at clubs concerts and jazz festivals. email. steve.tayton@gmail.com