The Independent London Newspaper
17th October 2018

Classical music - concert preview: James Taylor at Jazz Café

    James Taylor at Jazz Café

    James Taylor at Jazz Café

    IT must be some sort of record, surely, with the James Taylor Quartet are playing at Jazz Café again tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, lifting the number of its gigs at the Parkway, Camden Town, venue to 165 over the past 17 years.
    “I first played the Jazz Café in 1992, aged 28, and we’ve sold it out 163 times due to lots of Christmas residencies and various summer runs there,” says James, the legendary Hammond C3 organ funk jazz player.
    “The venue has become something of a home for the band. It’s a venue where we’ve felt comfortable and where we’ve been able to develop our recorded sound and stage show.”
    James formed his first band in 1986 when it recorded a funky reworking of Herbie Hancock’s soundtrack to Blow Up, the 1966 Antonioni cult film.
    The record was championed by DJ John Peel on his radio show, ensuring immediate success. Since then, the band has played thousands of shows all over the world, coming home to Jazz Café every now and then.


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