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FBAC Presents Martin Taylor, jazz guitarist

  • St. Peter's Church 33 Throckmorton St Freehold, NJ, 07728 United States (map)

The FBAC is pleased to present an evening with Martin taylor, one of the world's top jazz guitarists. (Purchase tickets at bottom of this page)

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 jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing.

Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton.

He has been awarded two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards and in 2002 he was appointed MBE 'For Services to Jazz Music' by Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain. As one of the world's most recognized online guitar teachers his innovative online guitar school with its headquarters in Napa, CA has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and the LA Times and is subscribed to by guitarists in over 58 countries.

From 1979 to 1990 he toured the world and recorded over 20 albums with the French jazz violin legend STEPHANE GRAPPELLI. Their album with Vassar Clements "Together At Last" won a Grammy Nomination in 1987. Monsieur Grappelli described him as "A great artist, rich in talent and elegance".

His ground breaking solo album ARTISTRY, produced by Steve Howe, was released in 1992 to much critical acclaim. It was No 1 in the HMV Jazz Charts for a record 12 weeks and launched his career as an international solo artist.

After two very successful albums for Sony/Columbia, KISS AND TELL and NITELIFE, he went on to record several albums for The Guitar Label.

In 1999 he was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of The West of Scotland and in 2002, was appointed MBE "For Services To Jazz Music", in The Queen's Birthday Honours List, which he received personally from Her Majesty The Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.

In 2007 he received the prestigious BBC Radio 2 "Heart of Jazz" Award in recognition of his career in music, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Wales Jazz Guitar Festival for his "Contribution to Jazz Guitar Worldwide".

He has also received a record 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist, and as a composer he was nominated for "Best Contemporary Song" in the BBC Folk Awards in 2009.

Opening the show will be local jazz legends Jerry Topinka and Mike Bono.  This concert will be held in historic St. Peter's Church located at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold NJ. This is the home of the esteemed Downtown Concert Series which produces several classical music shows each year. 

Space is limited and it is suggested to purchase tickets ahead of time. FBAC members are eligible for a discount price. Contact the FBAC at for discounted tickets. 

Tickets are $35, you can purchase your tickets below:

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