James Taylor Quartet Big Band at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

There’s a lovely review of the JTQ + Big Band + Percussion + Choir (!!) gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall by Sarah Chaplin on the London Jazz Blog.

James Taylor Quartet Big Band – From the Cat to the Moon
(Queen Elizabeth Hall. 24th March 2014. Review by Sarah Chaplin)

There was a real buzz among those who gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Monday night for the James Taylor Quartet, comprising the man himself, Mark Cox on guitar, Andrew McKinney on bass and Pat Illingworth on drums, still going strong after twenty-eight years, performing a wide range of material from Jimmy Smith numbers to material from their latest album, Closer to the Moon.

The line-up chosen to augment the quartet was a somewhat unlikely-looking combination of an impressive big band drawn from trumpeter Nick Smart’s Royal Academy of Music crew, who populated one half of the stage, and Taylor’s beloved local Rochester Cathedral Choir led by Scott Farrell, who occupied the other half, resplendent in their red cassocks and white ruffs. Add to that flute supremo Gareth Lockrane and rising stars Ralph Wyld on vibes and percussion and Josh Arcoleo and you’ve got the makings of something pretty special.

JTQ set up at the Queen Elizabeth Hall


Proud Camden, Sam Eagles in the QEH Front Room, and introducing Ralph Wyld's Mosaic.

This Sunday (9th March) I will once again be playing at Proud, in Camden. The band features Ellie Bignall on vocals, Flo Moore on bass and Ben Brown on drums, and we are playing 3-6. Entry is free, and there is more music happening throughout the afternoon/evening.

Also, on Friday 14th, the Sam Eagles Quartet is playing in the QEH Front Room from 5.30. Again entrance is free, and we’ll be playing music from the quartet’s soon-to-be-released debut album, signed by the renowned F-IRE Label.

Finally, I have formed a new ensemble, Mosaic, and we are currently in rehearsal for the first public performance on 8th June at Omnibus Arts Center, Clapham.