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, Olney Jazz Club, 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 is an accomplished jazz vocalist and composer, having written many original songs that combine her saxophone playing and singing.
Kim has appeared on national TV and Radio and has recorded as a session musician on a variety of recordings as well as running her own bands.
"Kim is a dedicated, serious musician. It’s a pleasure to work with a true student carrying on the magic we know as music for music lovers. Hats off to a true heart and soul performer."
– Pee Wee Ellis
"Kim Cypher shows how it’s done at Pizza Express with a killer band. A sold-out audience-participation crowd rewarded with a standing ovation. Great night!"
– Danielle White – Raestar Promotions UK
– 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