Preview: A Celebration Of John Taylor

The Guildhall Big Band celebrates the pianist's life with a programme of his own music and compositions by some of his closest musical associates

John Taylor (pictured right), who died suddenly in July of this year, was one of the UK's most influential jazz musicians. Across a 45-year career as a musician, composer and educator he played with a diverse array of singers and players including Alan Skidmore, Cleo Laine, Norma Winstone and Lee Konitz.

Taylor's discography extends to over 80 albums: his working relationship with Kenny Wheeler was especially fruitful. In his work as a teacher Taylor also helped many musicians to develop their talents.

To celebrate Taylor's life and career the Guildhall Big Band, directed by Scott Stroman, will be performing a special concert on Friday 27 November. The venue is the Guildhall School's Milton Court Concert Hall in London's Barbican Centre.

When the concert was originally planned it was intended to feature Taylor himself. The celebration concert will feature guest pianist Huw Warren (pictured left by Tim Dickeson) who first met Taylor at a Guildhall Summer School in the 1980s. The programme will include Taylor's own compositions as well as work by musicians who have been associated with him.

Tickets for the event cost £15.00 (£10.00 concessions). Bookings can be made at the Barbican Box Office (020 7638 8891) or online at the Barbican website.

Bruce Lindsay

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