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Kim Cypher is creating quite a stir on the jazz scene at present, emerging as one of the UK’s most exciting saxophonists, vocalists and composers.

Kim has 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 / performers including Gunhild Carling, 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 glowing reviews and culminating in a highly successful album tour with sell-out shows across the UK in 2017/18 including Pizza Express ‘live’ Soho, The Pheasantry, The Stables Wavendon, Cheltenham International Jazz Festival, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival plus many more. 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.

Kim’s 2nd album ‘Love Kim x’ (a collection of inspired original music and quirky takes on some well-known classics) is due for release on 3rd May 2019. The new album tour kicked off on 8th February to a sell-out 200 audience, with special guest Pee Wee Ellis. The tour has since included sell-out shows at Toulouse Lautrec, Tetbury Goods Shed and Toddington Village Hall plus many other great jazz venues including Pizza Express ‘live’ Birmingham, Annie’s Jazz Club in Southend and most recently an album launch at Pizza Express ‘live’ Soho.

‘Love Kim x’ features some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK and overseas including Pee Wee Ellis, 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, Chris Cobbson on guitar, Lee Jones on guitar, Tom Clarke-Hill on double bass, John-Paul Gard on Hammond organ, Karl Vanden Bossche on percussion, Mike Cypher on drums 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), David Newton (piano), Clive Morton (double bass), Liane Carroll (piano & vox), Andy Sheppard (saxophone), with regular band personnel including highly acclaimed musicians Chris Cobbson (guitar), Mike Green (double bass), John-Paul Gard (keys) and husband Mike Cypher (drums).  Kim regularly collaborates with US guitarist B.D. Lenz and his band including Easter and Summer tours plus an original album track ‘Rising From The Dust’ 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.

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 resident performer at highly prestigious restaurant The Ivy In Cheltenham.