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 are currently performing a series of album tour dates across the UK and overseas including 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 (13 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 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 Dave Newton (piano), Clive Morton (double bass), Liane Carroll (piano & vox), Alex Steele (piano), Remi Harris (guitar), Andy Sheppard (saxophone) 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 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 release in the Autumn of 2018.
Brand new original track 'Maybe...' recorded with David Newton, Clive Morton and Mike Cypher was released on 30th April 2018 with exclusive first radio play on The Jazz UK.
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 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.
– 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