Kim Cypher is one of the most exciting female saxophonists, vocalists and composers in the South West, 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 saxophonists Pee Wee Ellis (saxophonist with James Brown and Van Morrison) and Andy Snitzer (Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin and Christina Aguilera to name just a few) plus 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 and Caro Emerald.
Kim has just released her debut album ‘Make Believe’ and is currently performing a series of album tour dates across the UK and overseas.
In 2016 Kim performed for all kinds of events across the UK, spent much time in the studio recording her album and was also flown to New York for a very special jazz performance.
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 is featured on various recordings.
Kim formed Dancin’ Easy, one of the South West’s busiest and most popular party bands, along with her husband and drummer, Mike, over 20 years ago.
In addition to Dancin’ Easy, Kim leads her own jazz quartet, ‘The Kim Cypher Quartet’ as well as performing with many other bands and recording as a session musician.
Kim is an accomplished jazz vocalist and composer, having written many origianl songs that combine her saxophone playing and singing. In December 2014 Kim was selected to be ‘Artiste In Residence’ at prestigious venue The Daffodil in Cheltenham based on the popularity and appeal of her vocal and saxophone performances.
Kim’s debut album ‘Make Believe’ was released November 2016 and includes some original saxophone and vocal compositions.
Find out more about Kim at her official website