Originally from Manchester, Jamie has been based in London since 2010 when he embarked on a 4 year Bachelors Degree in Jazz Music at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Since graduating in 2014 he has performed in some of the worlds finest venues, concert halls and jazz clubs including The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hyde Park Radio 2 Festival, Ronnie Scotts with the RS All Stars, Minton's in Harlem, The Barbican, Glastonbury Festival and Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street.

He has toured across the UK as a member of Will Young's Band in 2015 and 2016 and around Europe with Judi Jackson in 2018. Performance highlights include headlining Womad, Gran Canaria with the Brand New Heavies and Veevo Live in Berlin with Olly Murs.

 

Live Radio Credits include Steps Reunion Performance live on Radio 2 in 2017 and Radio 3's InTune with Ian Shaw in 2014; TV Credits include The National Lottery & Radio 2 Hyde Park Festival with Will Young in 2015 and ITV's Christmas Carols with Natalie Williams in 2016.

Jamie has been the artistic director at Hampstead Jazz Club since January 2018 where he performs regularly, with likes of Liane Carrol & Ian Shaw. He headlined at The Steinway Festival at Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho duetting with acclaimed singer/pianist Joe Stilgoe. With Emma Smith, he is half of the charismatic duo 'Smith & Safir' who will be releasing their much-anticipated debut album in 2019.

He is also recording a trio album with Iain Ballamy & Ian Shaw in 2019.

“Jamie is one of those pianists who seem to inhabit the piano” London Jazz News
"The star of the show and the binding force behind the entire set was Jamie Safir. Not only a pianist at the start of a hugely promising career, but a musical arranger of true talent." 
Musical Theatre Review
“Safir conjures up refreshingly different harmonies..." 
Jazzwise
"Safir plays with wonderful judgment, delicacy and alertness" - London Jazz News
"Jamie on piano was riveting. I got the nightbus home, Oh the glamour!"
Julian Clary