Chris Taylor         Jazz Pianist/Composer

 
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, where he began his musical studies at the age of nine, Taylor started playing professionally six years later with local Wichita bands, concentrating on perfecting techniques of his first love, jazz.
In 1974, he started a six-year association with jazz guitarist Jerry Hahn, resulting in concert work throughout the mid‑west, which included four Wichita Jazz Festivals and studio recordings for Orrin Keepnews, of Fantasy Records, in Berkley, California.
In 1977, after receiving a Bachelor Degree from Wichita State University, he moved to Rochester, New York, and joined the Johnny "Spider" Martin Quintet. They toured much of the east coast, performing concerts with, and along side, many jazz greats such as Monty Alexander, Ramsey Lewis, and Dizzy Gillespie.
In 1979, he moved to Philadelphia. There, he performed solo engagements, TV appearances, and extensive club work with many local jazz artists, as well as composing and arranging for various musical projects.
He moved to the Boston area in August 1991.  Taylor has since performed and recorded with The Matt Gordy Group, The Either/Orchestra, The John Allmark Orchestra with Clay Osborne, Leonard Hochman and Eula Lawrence, the Phil Person Sextet, and twice with the Rich Greenblatt Vibes Quintet.   In addition, he has performed regularly in Cape Cod with local greats Lou Columbo and Dick Johnson.  Since February of 1997, his own trio has been resident band at Prudential’s Top of the Hub restaurant in Boston. Other current performances, aside from those with his own trio, will find Taylor in solo to big band settings in Boston, Rhode Island and Cape Cod areas.
 
Performed with notables:
Greg Abate, Pepper Adams, Butch Ballard, Randy Brecker, Al Cohn, Richie Cole, Lou Columbo, Steve Davis (Syeed), Alan Dawson, Wayne Dockery, Charles Fambrough, Joe Ford, Bob Gullotti, Frank Gant, Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Giordano, Jerry Hahn, Winard Harper, Joe Hunt, Dennis Irwin, Dick Johnson, Philly Joe Jones,Thad Jones,Nancy Kelly, Nancy King, John Lockwood, Andy McGhee, Christian McBride, Larry McKenna, Jerry Niewood,Jimmy Oliver, Jimmy Owens, Herb Pomeroy, ,Mike Richmond, Mickey Roker, Jack Six, Dakota Staton,Al Stauffer, John Swanna, Harvie Swartz, John Tchicai
 
Performed at:
 Jazz Festivals:
Boston Globe Jazz Festival
du Maurier Jazz Festival
Hartford Jazz Festival
Iowa City Jazz Festival
Melon Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival
North Sea Jazz Festival Pensacola Jazz Festival
Pori Jazz Festival
Rochester Jazz Festival
Wichita Jazz Festival
Willingboro Jazz Festival
 
 Notable Jazz Clubs:
 
Blues Alley
Blue Note
Chan's
Gulliver’s
Jazz Bakery
Key Club
Knitting Factory
Morgan’s
Red Carpet Lounge
Regatta Bar
Road House Café
Ryle’s
Sculler’s
Time Café
Top Of the Hub
Trumpets
Yoshi’s

 

 

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