James Taylor is one of the great British Hammond organ players of his generation and JTQ are a great live outfit celebrating 30 joyous years on the road, but this concert offers a chance to hear something brand new. Audio Network commissioned James to record a beautifully cinematic album with orchestra at Abbey Road, and Soundtrack from Electric Black is the result. Combining the influences of Lalo Schifrin and Oliver Nelson in his own very distinctive way, it is beautifully cinematic and dramatic, with a great mix of Hammond-driven funk and glorious strings – and we are delighted to be premiering this new album at the EFG London Jazz Festival.
James Taylor Quartet / Naomi Suzuki with Mari Natsuki UK-JAPAN Bridge Together
The Bridge Together project presents a very special and unique concert featuring a wonderful coming together of British and Japanese music. The repertoire will consist of popular and much-loved Japanese songs each especially re-arranged and performed by the critically acclaimed UK jazz-funk band the James Taylor Quartet and well-known UK based singer Naomi Suzuki. Japanese BBC New Comedy Award winning comedian Yuriko Kotani will open the event and there will be a traditional Japanese Daikagura music and juggling performance not to be missed! We are also honoured to present an exclusive performance by special guest Mari Natsuki from Japan.