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 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival and a London debut at The Pheasantry Chelsea.
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), Rory McInroy (piano), Chris Cobbson (guitar) and husband Mike Cypher (drums).
Kim recently collaborated with US guitarist B.D. Lenz and his band during their 2017 UK album tour.
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.
“Very 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 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