James Taylor

James Taylor / Tutor

‘JT’ has a natural love for drums and percussion and enjoys sharing this with others – so he has been teaching for almost as long as he has been playing.

He learned his trade as a classical musician and has played for prestigious ensembles such as the Halle and National Youth Orchestras at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House.

JT is currently a session player for bands across various genres, with recent appearances at Glastonbury, the Barbican and in European Tours.

He is also highly passionate about music’s role in wellbeing and is currently exploring this through music workshops with disadvantaged groups in London.

All this theoretical and experiential knowledge is bought together in what he can offer his students.

Where did you study music?

I had private tuition from a young age, with several teachers including top session and orchestral players.

What is your favourite piece of music / song?

I really like Keith Jarrett’s improvised solo concerts.

What single thing could you not live without?

A phone charger.

Who has inspired you the most?

Anyone who is highly open-minded interests me. When artists display both mastery and that kind of adventure, I find it really inspires me. In terms of percussionists, Airto Moreira springs to mind. He played percussion with Miles Davies in the 70’s (Keith Jarrett was also in that band!).

Where did you grow up?

Lytham St. Annes

James teaches at Herbert Smith Freehills and Norton Rose Fulbright.