Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor plays Wilton

As he travels on tour from Great Britain to the West Coast, jazz guitarist Martin Taylor will stop off in Wilton to perform at the library’s Hot & Cool: Jazz at the Brubeck Room  on Sunday, April 6, from 4 to 5:30.

An internationally heralded solo artist, his particular fingerstyle guitar playing is unusual and creates a full experience for the audience. He is completely self-taught beginning at the age of 4, and has developed the style that is greatly admired and often emulated by guitarists all over the world. Mr. Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning five decades, with more than 100 recordings to his credit.

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.

Jeff Beck commented, “He out-shreds all of us put together. … I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Mr. Taylor has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates including being appointed MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) “For Services to Jazz Music” on The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which he received personally from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace. He is perhaps best known for his Martin Taylor Guitar Academy, which was launched in 2010. This online guitar school propelled Mr. Taylor into becoming one of the world’s most recognized and beloved online guitar teachers. This innovative online learning program has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and in the Los Angeles Times, and has students in over 60 countries. He also was invited to perform a special private concert at Windsor Castle for Prince William on the eve of his engagement to Kate Middleton.

The Hot & Cool Concerts are made possible by a grant from the William and Karen Tell Foundation with special thanks to Ed and Catherine Romer and Chris and Tish Brubeck. An informal reception follows the concert.

There is a suggested donation for the evening of $10 per person. Advance registration is highly recommended as this series most often sells out.

Information: wiltonlibrary.org and click on Events or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213.