B i o g r a p h y
Described as a torchbearer of the jazz tenor saxophone tradition, North Wales-born Liam Byrne studied at Leeds College of Music, winning several awards including the Dave Cooper Memorial Prize for Jazz Saxophone and the 'Spud Murphy' Saxophone Prize, and is also a graduate of the London Guildhall School of Music. Based in Wales, he has worked around the UK with a variety of the area's finest musicians, as well as the likes of Harry Allen and Rossano Sportieilo. With a warm smooth sound and swinging style based on the playing of such masters as Lester Young and Wardell Grey, Byrne is a talent to keep an eye on.
A popular guest at jazz clubs around the UK, more recently Liam has studied with renowned bebop pianist Barry Harris and has been invited to perform in Europe, appearing at jazz clubs in France and the Netherlands.
"...Liam's playing was just as impressive as his choice of tunes: he has a big sound, a lovely even tone through all registers, fine ideas, and he swings. There aren't many British tenor-saxists in the same league,"
Kendal Jazz Club (2017)