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Kim Cypher – Festival Press Kit

Kim Cypher is one of the UK’s most exciting female saxophonists, vocalists and composers, having developed her own unique ‘funky’ style of saxophone playing, built upon influences by great players such as Gerald Albright, Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard, Dean Fraser, Courtney Pine and Grover Washington.

Kim trained alongside American saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis (saxophonist with James Brown and Van Morrison) and internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard.  Kim’s vocal style has been influenced by the great Billie Holiday together with a wide range of vocalists including Imelda May, Caro Emerald and Liane Carroll.

Inspired by the funkier side of jazz, Kim’s style of performance is best described as ‘funky saxophonist meets 1940′s jazz singer’. Kim performs an eclectic mix of music spanning many genres with a quirky, jazzy twist together with her own original material, all packaged up in a captivating performance and warm stage presence.

Kim’s debut album ‘Make Believe’ was released end of 2016, receiving a glowing review from London Jazz News and being featured on BBC Radio 2 Clare Teal’s show in August 2017.  Following an album launch event at The Queen’s Hotel Cheltenham, Kim and her band are currently performing a series of album tour dates across the UK and overseas which has included many Jazz Clubs and Festivals such as Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival, Nantwich Jazz & Blues Festival, Birmingham, Solihull & Sandwell Jazz Festival, Pershore Jazz Club, Aggborough Music Sessions, featured artist at Stroud Valley Arts Jazz, JB's Jazz Club, Chesterfield Jazz Club plus a London debut at The Pheasantry Chelsea. Further exciting tour dates are planned for 2018/19 including Pizza Express 'live' Dean Street venue, The Stables Milton Keynes, Guiting Music Festival with Liane Carroll, Pershore Jazz Festival, Olney Jazz Club plus many more.

Album number 2 is already on it's way with four tracks recorded with David Newton (voted best Jazz Pianist in the UK 13 times by the British Jazz Awards) and double bass legend Clive Morton. Further tracks are due to be recorded throughout 2018 with a series of special guests including phenomenal New York guitarist B.D. Lenz.

Brand new original track 'Maybe...' recorded with David Newton, Clive Morton and Mike Cypher was released on 30th April 2018 with exclusive first radio play on The Jazz UK.

Kim has performed alongside some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians with regular band personnel including highly acclaimed musicians Lee Jones (guitar), Tom Clarke-Hill (double bass), Alex Steele (piano), Rory McInroy (piano), Chris Cobbson (guitar) and husband Mike Cypher (drums).

Kim regularly collaborates with US guitarist B.D. Lenz and his band, with a mini tour and recording project planned this year.

Kim was commissioned to perform a private event for the Prime Minister Theresa May in August 2017.

In 2016 Kim was flown to New York with her quartet for a private jazz performance at The Glasshouses Manhattan.

Kim has appeared on national TV and Radio and has recorded as a session musician on a variety of recordings.


“Exciting stuff!"
– Clare Teal – BBC Radio 2

"Saxophonist and singer Kim Cypher breaks through onto the national stage with this beguiling and accessible collection of originals and classics, performed with great verve and style."
– London Jazz News Review 28th July 2017
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"You cannot fault the quality of musicianship and presentation."
– Pershore Jazz Club
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"Kim and her jazz quartet were a perfect choice for our jazz supper party, the finale to a weekend of birthday celebrations for Philip May, with the Prime Minister in attendance."
–The Henley Group International Ltd

"Great show, very enthusiastically received."
– Richard Douglas Productions (London Debut At Pizza Express 'live' venue The Pheasantry Chelsea)

“Leading her band as both vocalist and saxophonist was exciting to watch and immediately won applause of the large audience. Kim’s energy as both a musician and performer does more than justice to the standards performed, and the songs she has composed fit beautifully with the arrangements that have been given to those standards.”
–Colin Gorrie – Producer Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival

" Kim combines a very fluent tenor, alto and soprano sax style with a lovely voice."
– Keith Norton – Vice Chairman Roses Theatre Tewkesbury


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