Jazz Guitarist Martin Taylor Wins Best Guitarist for a Record-Breaking 15th Time

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ArtistWorks teaching artist named ‘Guitarist of the Year’ at the British Jazz Awards.

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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 world’s largest online jazz and fingerstyle guitar school.

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 http://www.martintaylor.com. For information about his interactive online fingerstyle guitar lessons, visit http://www.martintaylorguitar.com.

About Martin Taylor
Martin Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist and Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’. He dazzles audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humor, and a strong stage presence while his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo fingerstyle guitar playing. His ‘Spirit of Django Orchestral Suite’ recently received its London Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. As one of the world’s most recognized online guitar teachers, he gives online fingerstyle and jazz guitar lessons at http://www.martintaylorguitar.com and his official site is http://www.martintaylor.com.

About ArtistWorks
Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler, ArtistWorks, Inc. is the leader in a new generation of online learning platforms. Their revolutionary global learning community of world-renowned teaching artists and enthusiastic amateurs is dedicated to unleashing the music that lies within all of us. This “next generation” Video Exchange Accelerated™ Learning Platform enables virtuoso musicians to "teach the world" by presenting their musical legacy in the form of HD video lessons to subscribing students. Utilizing simple web cams, smartphones, tablets or video cameras, students are able to submit practice videos and get individualized video feedback and guidance from their teaching artists - creating a constantly evolving two-way, online learning experience.

ArtistWorks currently offers schools from such world-renowned artists as: Paul
Gilbert (rock guitar lessons); Martin Taylor (fingerstyle guitar lessons); Jason Vieaux (classical guitar lessons); Andreas Oberg (jazz guitar lessons); Jeffrey Khaner (flute lessons); William Caballero (French horn lessons); David Bilger (trumpet lessons); Ricardo Morales (clarinet lessons); Nathan East (electric bass lessons), John Patitucci (jazz bass lessons), Howard Levy (harmonica lessons); DJ Qbert (DJ lessons); Christie Peery (piano lessons); Thomas Lang (rock drum lessons); Billy Cobham (jazz and fusion drum lessons); Luis Conte (percussion lessons); as well as the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass with Tony Trischka (banjo lessons); Missy Raines (double bass lessons); Bryan Sutton (flatpick guitar lessons); Andy Hall (Dobro lessons); Mike Marshall (mandolin lessons); and Darol Anger (fiddle lessons). For more information, visit http://www.ArtistWorks.com

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