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.
Kim’s debut album ‘Make Believe’ was released at the end of 2016, receiving glowing reviews and culminating in a highly successful album tour with sell-out shows across the UK in 2017/18.
Kim’s 2nd album ‘Love Kim x’ (a collection of inspired original music and quirky takes on some well-known classics) was released May 2019 and was listed in the Top 10 jazz albums of 2019 by online jazz magazine Bebop Spoken Here. The album and tour featured Pee Wee Ellis plus some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK and US 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), Karl Vanden Bossche on percussion (Incognito, Jamiroquai, Joss Stone, Sade, Simply Red, Michael Buble), New York guitarist B.D. Lenz to name just a few.
In March 2020 (just before the coronavirus hit) Kim performed a sold-out show in Soho London with special guest Jazz Giant Ray Gelato. This was part of Kim’s ‘For Mum’ project raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity. The project ran alongside release of a brand new original song and video ‘All For You’ in April 2020. The project has so far raised over £2500 for the charity.
Kim has been featured on local TV, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio London ‘live’ plus international radio stations.
Her unique ‘funky’ style of saxophone playing has been 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.
In 2019 Kim was featured in the award winning ‘Women In Jazz’ book by author Sammy Stein and published by 8th House where she is described as “one of the UK’s most popular players”.
In 2016 Kim was flown to New York with her jazz quartet for a private jazz performance in Manhattan. In 2017 Kim was commissioned to perform a private event for the UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
In this episode, we talked about:
- Her “secret” exercise she loves to warm up with
- A huge tip from Andy Snitzer that’s helped her with tone
- How she created her unique style
- How she went from full-time school teacher to full-time musician
- How she’s created performing opportunities during the COVID 19 Pandemic
- and a lot more!
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KimCypherMusic/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/KimCypher
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kimcyphersax/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/CyphersFilms
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/3X3OhCRsaFUNYFRzwrQ5dI
The Clarke Book that all trumpeters use, and the Rich Willey variations book (as well as many other great books that can be used for all instruments)
Catch the YouTube video of this interview HERE
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Thank you for this wonderful interview and info on Kim. Kim is really amazing if you check out her website using the link you kindly provided and listen to her songs. How amazing – great singer and sax player, all in one. Talk about talent and she didn’t go to music school either. The perfect pitch gift certainly didn’t hurt but that in itself does not guarantee becoming a star.
The posted interview bio with links is a real bonus, and in this case the details on the practice books, was very much appreciated.
Just so you know, I miss Nick’s famous 5 questions ,particularly – what have you purchased recently for $100 or less that seemed really worthwhile for your music career? Thanks again.
Thanks George, and thanks for your suggestion. The truth is, I get so wrapped up in the conversation, I keep forgetting to ask some of those questions!
Thank you so much for this wonderful comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed the podcast and have since enjoyed my music. I really enjoyed chatting with Donna and I appreciate so much the opportunity to talk about my life as a musician. Please keep connected and enjoying the music. Much thanks, Kim x
It was a fun interview, Kim 🙂