The James Taylor Quartet
Lead by Hammond organ-guru, James Taylor, JTQ stands with one foot planted in 2019, and other, just as firmly, somewhere south of the 1970s.
For more than 25 years, The James Taylor Quartet have set the standard for the coolest sounds in funky acid jazz. On dozens of critically acclaimed albums and at their legendary live shows both at home and around the world, they’ve quietly become a byword for distinguished British creativity.
In addition to his work with JTQ – James has collaborated with the likes of U2, The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues, as well as with Tom Jones on the multi-platinum album Reload.
JTQ are perhaps best-known and best-loved for their unrivalled live performances. With James’s Hammond leading the way, JTQ jam out with funky rhythms and kitschy-cool melodies - their concerts include reworkings of classics such as Green Onions and Time Is Tight, as well as JTQ’s debut single Blow Up and favourites such as JTQ Theme and, of course, the inimitable, Starsky and Hutch.
‘A Hammond-led slice of organic retro-funk’
‘An instrumental tour de force’
‘More than enough hammond-organised power to grab the attention of the most indifferent audience ... live on stage they pack a genuinely solid punch’
‘The band's impressive live reputation holds fast - like the Hammond organ, it takes jazz and funk and gives it a righteous, spinning roar’
‘The best Hammond player this side of the Atlantic’
Craig Charles, BBC6
‘James Taylor keeps it swinging, fun and unpretentious’