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 and firmly securing a reputation for top quality, stylish, accessible jazz and musical entertainment.
Inspired by the funkier side of jazz and having studied alongside US saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis and internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard, 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 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’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.
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 Chelsea, 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 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) was released on 3rd May 2019. The new album tour kicked off on 8th February to a sell-out show with special guest Pee Wee Ellis. In 2019 the tour included shows at many great jazz venues and festivals including an album launch at Pizza Express ‘live’ Soho, Toulouse Lautrec London, The Bull’s Head Barnes, Tetbury Goods Shed, the opening slot at Stompin’ On The Quomps Festival, Pizza Express ‘live’ Birmingham, Pershore Jazz Festival, Upton Jazz Festival plus many other great jazz venues. The tour continues into 2020 with many great dates booked including an exciting collaboration with Jazz giant Ray Gelato.
‘Love Kim x’ features some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK and overseas including saxophonist 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 New York guitarist B.D. Lenz and The Kentwood Show Choir directed by Sheila Harrod.
Music from ‘Love Kim x’ has been featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio London ‘live’ session plus national and regional radio stations across the UK and US.
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), Denny Ilett (guitar) with regular band personnel including highly acclaimed musicians Chris Cobbson (guitar), Mike Green (double bass), Anders Olinder (organ and piano) John-Paul Gard (organ) 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.
In September 2019 Kim was featured in a book called 'Women In Jazz' written by Sammy Stein with US publishers 8th House.
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 in 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 is resident performer at highly prestigious restaurant The Ivy In Cheltenham.
"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