James Taylor Quartet

Acid jazz veterans whip up a storm on the dancefloor with their Hammond grooves.

After the collapse of mod legends The Prisoners in the 1980s, and before moving to Sweden, James recorded some demos with brother David on guitar, the bass player from The Prisoners, and a drummer from down the road... and thus The James Taylor Quartet was born. From tiny acorns mighty oaks do indeed grow, and it wasn't long before the first single, Blow Up, had been released, the band were in the studio rehearsing for the Mission Impossible EP, gigs were booked, and the late great John Peel was offering a session. Skip forward 25 years and JTQ has evolved into one of the most exciting and well respected touring bands in the UK. With numerous albums to its name, the band’s recorded output is not to be scoffed at. 'Prolific' is an understatement, with albums touching genres as diverse as jazz, funk, soul, rock, and even rap, not to mention a handful of library albums in between. Each album is an absolute must for any Hammond fan: James' playing providing a solid and accomplished lead as always. Live, the band is explosive, with a breathtaking, diverse unmatched back catalogue. JTQ’s fired-up signature tune, The Theme from Starsky and Hutch, cemented its reputation as master of the jazz-funk-r’n’b workout; 60s spy themes, psychedelic and free-form jazz all added something to the band’s distinctive sound. Originally playing the Hammond B3 organ in the UK mod revival band The Prisoners, James Taylor formed his own quartet, and began playing music similar to the rare-groove jazz-funk then in vogue around London. By the early 90s, that movement had spawned acid jazz, and JTQ found itself at the forefront of a vibrant young club scene. The first single, Blow-Up, was released on the Re Elect The President label, a precursor to Acid Jazz. The band's debut album, Mission Impossible, was released the following year, predominantly consisting of covers of 60s film themes such as Alfie, Mrs Robinson and Goldfinger. In the early 1990s, the single Love The Life reached the Top 40, and the accompanying album, Supernatural Feeling, settled in the Top 30 UK charts. After releases on Polydor and Big Life Records, JTQ returned to Acid Jazz, and In The Hand of The Inevitable remains the label's biggest selling album to date. In 1997 James had the chance to fulfil a dream when he was asked to score the theme tune to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the spy spoof starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley. JTQ’s Whole Lotta Live album was nominated for a MOBO award in 1998, and the following year James featured on Tom Jones’ duets album, Reload. James’ musical talent has been admired by numerous other acts: The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues and U2 have all featured James and his distinctive Hammond sound on their albums.

Performance Dates & Venues

Exeter

Northcott Theatre

01392 72 63 63

Wednesday 14th Sep 2022 7:30pm

Standard Prices from: £22.50

Concession Prices from: £20.50

Newcastle upon Tyne

The Cluny

0191 230 4474

Saturday 17th Sep 2022 7:30pm

Standard Prices from: £23.00

Saturday 24th Sep 2022 8:00pm

Standard Prices from: £18.70

Cambridge

The Junction

01223 511511

Saturday 1st Oct 2022 7:00pm

Standard Prices from: £23.00

London

The Jazz Cafe

020 7485 6834

Monday 3rd Oct 2022 7:00pm

Standard Prices from: £22.00

Tuesday 4th Oct 2022 7:00pm

Standard Prices from: £22.00

Glasgow

SEC

0844 395 4000

Friday 7th Oct 2022 7:30pm

Standard Prices from: £75.00

Leeds

First Direct Arena

0844 248 1585

Saturday 8th Oct 2022 7:30pm

Monday 10th Oct 2022 6:30pm

Tuesday 11th Oct 2022 7:30pm

Brighton

Brighton Centre

0844 847 1515

Thursday 13th Oct 2022 6:30pm

Standard Prices from: £45.00

Birmingham

Resorts World Arena

0844 338 8000

Friday 14th Oct 2022 7:30pm

Southampton

Engine Rooms

Saturday 15th Oct 2022 7:00pm

Standard Prices from: £23.00

Manchester

O2 Apollo Manchester

0844 477 7677

Monday 17th Oct 2022 6:30pm

Standard Prices from: £45.00

Reading

Sub89

0118 959 5395

Friday 21st Oct 2022 7:00pm

Standard Prices from: £23.00

Manchester

The Stoller Hall

Saturday 29th Oct 2022 7:30pm

Standard Prices from: £22.00

Colchester

Colchester Arts Centre

01206 500900

Saturday 12th Nov 2022 7:00pm

Standard Prices from: £23.00

Guildford

The Boileroom

Saturday 19th Nov 2022 7:30pm

Standard Prices from: £23.50

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