Martin Taylor & Bruce Forman
“The Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Grammy nominated musician Dr. Martin Taylor is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, and musical innovator. Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians,
fans and critics alike.
Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, with more than
100 recordings to his credit and 14 British Jazz Awards. Completely self-taught beginning at the
early age of 4, he has invented and developed a unique way of playing the guitar that is
greatly admired, and often emulated, by guitarists all over the world.
In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from
many different musical genres, including: Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton.
Listen to Martin HERE!
"One of the great lights of our age.” – Jazz Times
A hectic touring schedule; eighteen recordings as a leader, including his newest release, Junkyard Duo; countless sideman recordings including Ray Brown, Bobby Hutcherson, Roger Kellaway;
soundtrack performances on three of Clint Eastwood’s distinguished films—most notably
Academy Award-winning Million Dollar Baby; producer, arranger, acclaimed educator in residence at USC’s Studio/Jazz Guitar Department… when does Bruce Forman rest?
He is a seasoned jazz player with top-level skills as a leader, entertainer and sideman. He creates soulful, lyrical melodies, inventive harmonies, and solid accompaniment. Though he can
shred bebop at blistering tempos with the best of ‘em, he is no urban snob. COW BOP, Forman’s unique “western bebop” band, hit four separate charts with its CDs, Swingin’ Out West, Route 66,
Too Hick for the Room and Cowlifornia Swing.
Forman’s latest composition, The Red Guitar, has received wide acclaim. It may be the only jazz libretto where the narrator and the featured instrumentalist are the same performer. The Red Guitar requires great virtuosity, but it is much deeper than a simple showcase for Forman’s abilities. It is serious
one-man theater, exploring the obsessive demands that music places on its truest followers.
Listen to Bruce HERE!
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Fri. May. 13, 2022 7:30pm
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LocationThe Ellen Theatre
17 W. Main St.
Bozeman, MT 59715