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. Following an album launch event at The Queen’s Hotel Cheltenham, Kim and her band performed a series of album tour dates across the UK and overseas including a sell-out show at Pizza Express ‘live’ Dean Street, The Pheasantry Chelsea, The Stables Wavendon, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival, Nantwich Jazz & Blues Festival, Birmingham, Sandwell & Solihull Jazz Festival, Pershore Jazz Festival, Guiting Music Festival plus jazz clubs, theatres and venues all across the UK. Tour dates in New York are also on the cards for 2019. Music from the album has been featured on BBC Radio 2 Clare Teal’s show in August 2017 plus national and regional radio stations across the UK and US.
Album number 2 is due for release February 2019 featuring some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK and overseas including US tenor saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis (of James Brown and Van Morrison fame), David Newton on piano (14 times winner of best pianist in the British Jazz Awards), Clive Morton on double bass (ex-tutor to Jamie Cullum and long-time sideman with Frank Sinatra and Stephane Grappelli), Alex Steele on piano, Tom Clarke-Hill on double bass, Chris Cobbson on guitar, John-Paul Gard on Hammond organ, Karl Vanden Bossche on percussion PLUS awesome New York guitarist B.D. Lenz and The Kentwood Show Choir directed by Sheila Harrod.
Kim has performed alongside some of the country’s finest jazz musicians including Pee Wee Ellis (saxophone), Dave Newton (piano), Clive Morton (double bass), Liane Carroll (piano & vox), Alex Steele (piano), Remi Harris (guitar), Andy Sheppard (saxophone), Lee Jones (guitar), Tom Clarke-Hill (double bass), Rory McInroy (piano) with regular band personnel including highly acclaimed musicians Chris Cobbson (guitar), Mike Green (double bass), Al Gurr (keys) and husband Mike Cypher (drums). Kim regularly collaborates with US guitarist B.D. Lenz and his band including Easter and Summer tours plus a brand new original track ‘Rising From The Dust’ due for released end 2018.
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 jazz quartet for a private jazz performance at The Glasshouses Manhattan as well as performing for all kinds of events across the UK and recording her album ‘Make Believe’.
Kim started playing saxophone at age 9 and achieved Grade 8 practical and theory of music with distinction by age 14.
She studied Expressive Arts at St Paul’s & St Mary’s College in Cheltenham where she was awarded a First Class Honours for her original musical composition for saxophone, clarinet, Peruvian pipes and percussion.
Prior to turning professional as a musician, Kim was Head of Music at a primary school in Gloucester for 17 years. She has also been a saxophone tutor at the Cheltenham Boys College and a tutor at the Cheltenham Rock School.
Kim has appeared on national TV and Radio and has recorded as a session musician on a variety of recordings.
Kim leads her own bands as well as performing with many other bands and recording as a session musician.
Kim is an accomplished jazz vocalist and composer, having written many original songs that combine her saxophone playing and singing.
Kim is a regular artist at prestigious venue The Daffodil in Cheltenham.
Kim’s debut album ‘Make Believe’ was released November 2016 and includes some original saxophone and vocal compositions. To purchase a copy please visit the ‘SHOP’ page: