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 www.edtaylorjazz.com 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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