James Taylor

5 April 2008 @ Heineken Music Hall

There are several musicians named James Taylor, including the singer-songwriter and guitarist (born 1948), the British acid jazz musician, and James “J.T.” Taylor, a lead singer with the band Kool & the Gang.


James Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where his father Isaac Taylor was the dean of the University of North Carolina Medical School. His family summered on Martha’s Vineyard.

Taylor’s career began in the mid-1960s, but he found his audience in the early 1970s, singing sensitive and gentle acoustic songs. He was part of a wave of soft singer-songwriters of the time that also included Carole King, Joni Mitchell, John Denver, Jackson Browne and Carly Simon (whom he later married).

His Greatest Hits album from 1976 was certified diamond and has sold more than 11 million copies.

Taylor’s four siblings, Alex Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Hugh Taylor, and Kate Taylor have also been musicians with recorded albums. (Livingston is still an active musician; Kate was active in the 1970s and did not record another album until 2003; Hugh opened a bed-and-breakfast with his wife; Alex died in 1993.) Taylor’s children with Carly Simon, Ben Taylor and Sally Taylor, have also embarked on musical careers.


James Taylor is a British acid jazz musician who has recorded several albums of minimalist acid jazz music as half of Swayzak. The albums have varied from from the subtle high-quality house of Snowboarding In Argentina (1998) and Himawari (2000) to the more pop sound of Dirty Dancing (2002) and Loops From The Bergerie (2004). Taylor is also the leader of the The James Taylor Quartet (JTQ), a 4 piece funky jazz band. JTQ have a strong reputation as a great live band. JTQ have also recorded several albums under the name “The New Jersey Kings”.

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