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The Rye international jazz and blues festival proudly present a fantastic Saturday night of Funky Acid Jazz’ on with the acclaimed James Taylor Quartet on Saturday 25th January 2020 at St Mary in the Castle Hastings.

Supporting JTQ on the evening will be the Hastings based ‘Fabulous Red Diesel’ performing their highly original jazz orientated band of quirky unconventional players. They play song based jazz with soaring vocals, hooks, grooves, soul and the occasional tuba.

The James Taylor Quartet are a British four-piece jazz funk band, who have become renowned for their live performances. They were formed in 1987 by Hammond organ player James Taylor following the break-up of his former band The Prisoners in the wake of Stiff Records’ bankruptcy.

The current line-up is James Taylor (Keyboards and Orchestration), Mark Cox (guitar), Andrew McKinney (bass) and Pat Illingworth (drums), although recordings and live performances usually feature vocalist Yvonne Yanney.

The James Taylor Quartet’s first single, “Blow-Up” (a funked-up version of Herbie Hancock’s main theme from the seminal 1960s film of the same name), was released in 1987 on the Re Elect The President label, which would later become the Acid Jazz label. The track was championed by the NME and John Peel, appearing in Peel’s Festive Fifty chart for 1987.

The band’s debut 7 track mini album, Mission Impossible (1987) followed and predominantly comprised covers of 1960s film themes such as “Alfie”, “Mrs. Robinson” and “Goldfinger” in a rough, up-tempo, almost punk-like style, that was primarily focussed on Taylor’s Hammond organ playing. Their second album, The Money Spyder (1987), was the soundtrack to an imaginary spy film, applying the band’s distinctive style to Taylor’s own compositions.

While promoting these albums The James Taylor Quartet developed a strong reputation as a live band that remains to this day. The live set focuses on accessible rhythm driven music, that some classify as having elements of modern dance music, despite including a lot of improvised solos. During this period a contract with a major record led to them playing to ever increasing audiences.

The band recorded their signature tune “The Theme From Starsky and Hutch” featuring Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis of The JBs in 1988 and this was included on their next album “Wait A Minute” (1988). Their popularity as a live act led to the release of the live album Absolute – JTQ Live in 1991, which attempted to capture the experience of the band in concert (even though it was recorded ‘live’ in the studio, the audience cheering being overdubbed later).

James Taylor is one of the great British Hammond organ players of his generation - Nitin Sawhney

Taylor’s organ sound first sears the ears and then goes straight to the feet - Garry Booth, BBC Music Magazine

Taylor is one of our finest jazz organists… A musician who has forged his own path… His playing is snappy and crisp… - David Lands, Jazz Journal

Demand will be extremely high for this special concert so we encourage you to book early!

Unserved Seated/Standing Ticket Price: £30

Support act ‘The Fabulous Red Diesel’ from 8.00pm
James Taylor Quartet from 9.00pm

Fully licensed bar

Booking fee applies