Over three decades, James Taylor has become one of the great British organists of modern jazz and funk, finding fans with his signature, howling Hammond sound. Possessing a reputation for incredible, upbeat and energetic live shows, he brings his quartet to Band On The Wall this August. The group’s prolific back catalogue spans jazz, funk, soul, rock and rap, each putting shining a spotlight on Taylor’s Hammond organ musicianship. Originally playing the Hammond B3 organ in the UK mod revival band The Prisoners, Taylor formed his own quartet in 1987. A debut album soon arrived in the shape of Mission Impossible; a covers album featuring 60s film themes such as Alfie, Mrs Robinson and Goldfinger. Those unfamiliar with his name will have no doubt heard his music, with production credits including Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and his distinctive Hammond sounds featuring on work by The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, Tom Jones, The Pogues and U2. Support for their night at Band On The Wall comes from local trio the SWJ Group.

Fri 30 Aug
Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M54 5JZ
, £16
www.bandonthewall.org
Words:
Rich Holmes
Published on:
Tue 30 Jul 2019