This is Ed Taylor, I'm happy to be apart of "The Smooth Operators" and we will be "Putting Jazz back in the Bones". Also I will having major surgery October 27th of this year. So I will be going off the grid regarding social media. However I WILL be well for the upcoming show. See you there!

The Wellton SMooth Jazz Venue will be rocking through the small desert town Saturday. The event, which helps raise money for public school music education progrqams, will feature Ed Taylor, a Yuma native and well-known jazz musician. "I want to play...creative music, that can uplift the lives of everyday people," Taylor says on his web site.  The jazz festival will feature booths with arts, crafts and food, as well as the live music.  The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wellton City Park, 10234 Dome St.  Tickets are $4 per person or $10 per family.  Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the music programs and another 15 percent will be given to disaster relief funds, including aid for Haiti.  For more information, call 255-8998 or 315-2597.  "Nobody knows we are here out in Wellton and we want to promote all the local businesses here," said event organizer Dena Brown.  "There will be live jazz music and there will plenty of school events.  Its is just fun to get the community together to come and enjoy themselves." 

Taylor said his close proximity to the military bases influenced his taste in music. "I had an aunt who often dated servicemen and they would bring over jazz records. I loved listening to them.  In Arizona at the time, there was a lot of blues, funk and country."  When Taylor was 13, he received a guitar from his boss at work and made a demo at a local record store.  He then began to play professionally.  "I played at a lot of fun little clubs in Arizona and Los Angeles, the chitlin circuit that was in the Southwest.  It was exciting and we mostly poerformed fun funk and rock."

Taylor later moved to Washinton, where he attended Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington.  After graduating, he began working with trombonist Dan Daglow, eventually ending up in Los Angeles, where he worked as a session musician.  "I lived in Los Angeles for 12 years and did a lot of background work for Motown, often recording arrangements by Kim Richmond with a rehersal band.  The stars would record over what we had played.  After a time, I realized that I wasn't going to become one of the Marvin Gayes or Michael Jacksons, but I did learn a lot on the technical side during that period, which has helped me produce my own CDs.  I also developed as singer/songwriter and I learned a lot about jazz and life from players such as Ray Brown and Jack Sheldon."

In 1983 Taylor moved back to Tacoma and stopped performing live. "After a period outside of music, around 1990 my wife persuaded me to return to performing since I use to sing and play the acoustic guitar around the house.  So I took a chance, performed at a local bar, and the people went wild. I went out and bought some gear, started working as solo guitarist  and different people were attracted to what I was doing.  Musicians started sitting in with me and that's how the TaylorMade band was formed."

The group's debut album, which mostly featured famous jazz standards was called "Good Is Good." Since then, the group has expanded from a trio into a septet.  The group released another original album called "TaylorMade" in 2005.  Taylor said his group is a conglomeration of differnent music styles. "We segue between jazz, rhythm and blues, smooth jazz, funk, rock and blues.  If you don't know the blues, you can't play anything else.  My band knows the blues!"  The TaylorMade band is in the process of creating a new DVD and a  CD titled "Songs From A Taylor."  For the future we hope to travel, record more CDs, play festivals and perform the music we loved before more and more people, Taylor said.

Chris McDaniel can be reached at or 539.6849

Hey, Just so you know. Me and my band TaylorMade will be opening Wine down Wednesdays Jan. 6th at the Snoqualmie Casino. This is a KWJZ 98.9 FM Radio event so tell all your friends about it. My special guest will be the lovely and Talented Heather Rayburn who has a soulful voice that just makes you listen. I have My music director Mr Doug Barnett on Bass, Mr Eugene Bien on Keys and Mr. Mark Arrington on Drums.  We have an exciting show planned so please mark you calendar for this event and come out for the fun, excitement and the thrill of it all.

As of September 2008 I releassed a single of my unfinished album called "Here I Am Baby and I Double Dare You." It received national air-play and was charted by R&R smooth jazz charts and others. Had a few personal problems, but now I have start to finish that album, which I have tentatively titled "Connections" because of how everything is linked. Mr Donyea(Dwight)Goodman produced that single and now I have Eugene Bien producing the CD. Currently we have songs "Your Eyes" and "Somethings Must Change"which I am very excited about. Euge is an exceptional producer as well as keyboardist. Oftentimes he performs with me as well.


Because I really like to play straight ahead and Acid Jazz, Dennis Blackmon and myself perform in a Duo Situation. The genre is always light and not too heavy, but musically interesting to make you feel it and think about it. you can check out the Good is Good CD when you click Buy on my web site. So then, when we are not performing in the big band format, you will find us paying homage to the greats of Jazz. Ed Taylor
As of a couple of months ago, Ed Taylor and TaylorMade has been play on radio stations in Denmark and Switzerland. Also, it is getting Satelite airplay. More importantly, for your downloaders, here are some places we can be found for prices ranging between $.99 - $.69. Here they are. Apple i tunes; Sony connect; wrap factory; music net; Liquid digital media; Music Now; Next Radio Solutions MSN music; pure tracks; Trade bit; Pass Along; Rhapsody; Tasty Audio (1776); Net Music; Buy music Audio Lunch Box; i Sounds; and Best Buy to name a few. Until next time. Ed Taylor
Ed Taylor, Saturday 11:15, Jazz. Jazz guitarist, Ed Taylor has been a session musician in Seattle and Los Angeles and his guitar playing can be heard on albums of famous artist like smokie Robinson, Debarge and Rick James. He refers to his style as smooth jazz. For additional information, please refere to Northwest Jazz Profile NWJP: Were you always playing jazz? ET: No, I started out playing funk and soul music and was influenced by people like George Benson, & Chett Atkins. I play mostly jazz guitar now, but to play music in those days, you had to play funk or be in a big band in order to tour. At the time, I was playing with some local cats in the Seattle area. We were doing an audition at a place called the Fresh Air in Seattle. Steve Kupka, of Tower of Power, came in and we got the job because he was so excited about us as a group. After that meeting, he took us all up to kay Smith's recording studio in Seattle and introduced us around. They were impressed and we got the chance to do some session work behind that. So it was that association that followed me all the way into LA some five years later. NWJP: Tell us who some of the other people are that you worked with. ET: Well, I worked with Jessie Soul James who I hooked up with Thru Tower of Power and who has a number of hits out. Then I worked with Ester Phillips and we use to call her little Ester or Baby Ester. I did a number of Road gigs with her. The Show ended up in Seattle at a place called the Heritage House. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were the headliners and Esther Phillips was the opening act. Tacoma Weekly: John Larson Staff writer: Local guitarist Ed Taylor is eger to share his love of music with as many people as possible, from visiting local classrooms to possible new series at a museum. Ed Taylor grew up in Los Angeles, wher he started playing guitar at 13. Early influences included George Benson, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. "At the time I didn't know squat about playing guitar, but I could feel it," he said. As the Beatles sonwriting evolved from simple pop to more complicated material, Taylor's playin became more technical. In the early 70's, he moved to the Tacoma area, where he attended both Tacoma Community Colege and University of Wa. At TCC he learned to read music. Prior to that he learned by ear. After that, he went back to LA where he was a session player for Motown Records. Apparently all the hip young things are into knitting now. Whatever, growing up in my household, knitting was always in vogue - Knitting and crocheting and needlepoint and any other fine handiwork my mom could tackle while sitting infront of the television and telling us to pipe down already. Its hard for me to jump on the bandwagon with something that seems as cool to me as my granfather's ships in a bottle. So my bobbin popped up when I heard local jazz guitarist Ed Taylor will release an album in early summer titled TaylorMade for you, with each song named after something that a tailor would use or a technique one would incorporate making clothes. Taylor will enter downtown Tacoma's Pacific Studios soon to record, maybe with sewing machine in tow. Also in tow are new bass player John roberts and drummer Willie Fisher, who will add a little more edge and funk to Taylor's straight standards. In the meantime, I will gather my knitting needles and head for the Mandolin Cafe' Friday to watch Taylor and Keybordist Dennis Blackmon Perform romantic jazzz standards off their last CD, Good is Good, which rose to #13 on the College musicjournal on the west coast. Ron Swarner; The weekly Volcano. But I don't want to swell Taylor's head with compliments. He's had enough swelling. It was either a freak of nature or a sign from God that Brought Ed Taylor to the South Sound. He was living in the Los Angeles area, working as a session musician, when fate stepped in and took away his ability to play guitar.Around 1983 my hands got really large and I did not know what was causing it," explains Taylor. "I couldn't work. I couldn't play guitar. My wife and I decided to come to Tacoma and visit. We were here about a week and the swelling went down. I returned to LA and they swelled up again. Hence, I decided to stay here. (Please read Weekly Volcano for rest of Cover story) Ed Taylor was born and raised in a small town called Yuma, AZ. His exposure to music began with piano lessons from his mother when he was about 7 years old. He also had an uncle who played guitar but would never allow him to touch it. "He would let me look at it, but I couldn't play it," explains Taylor. Perhaps it was the human tendency to want what you can't have that compelled Taylor toward the instrument. The weekly Volcano.

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