Bio

Award-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his counterparts. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm melt together for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul of the listener. According to Taylor, “ When played honestly, music is the ultimate conveyer of truth and beauty.”
 
Taylor has performed and recorded with Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Ed Motta, Marvin "Smitty' Smith, Rodney Whitaker, Antonio Hart and great gospel luminaries Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard and the Singletons. More extensively Taylor’s stint with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut included a notable concert performance at Kennedy Center recorded for NPR’s Jazzset, an appearance at the Spoleto Jazz Festival, and a week long engagement at Dizzy’s Club in NYC. In addition, Taylor had the great opportunity to tour internationally with virtuosic saxophonist James Carter’s Quintet, performing in: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Canada, and Austria. Rounding out the experience, was a week long stint at Yoshi’s in California again with the James Carter Quintet.
 
In 2014, Taylor relocated to southern California where he fostered a musical relationship with friend and mentor Kamau Kenyatta. Kenyatta, is a two-time Grammy-award winning producer for Jazz vocal-star Gregory Porter. While building the musical team for Porter’s “Liquid Spirit” album, he chose Taylor for the trumpet chair. Kenyatta stated that Taylor “graced the session with his elegant solos and precise ensemble playing” and noted his musicianship as “impeccable.” Gregory Porter’s “Liquid Spirit” would go on to receive the Grammy-Award for Best-Jazz vocal album of 2014.
 

Press

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NPR FEATURE
Sounds So Beautiful
SAN DIEGO TRIBUNE
CSUSM Article
NEW HORN IN TOWN
NPR SPIRITUALS TO SWING
Why the arts matter!
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KENNEDY CENTER ANNOUNCEMENT
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NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
Oct 2018 Live Recording
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SD VOYAGER FEATURE
Coconut Creek Magazine Feature
 

Video

Jazz In The Modern Era Interview
UCSD Performance Lecture
 

Music Projects

THE CURTIS TAYLOR QUARTET
CURTIS TAYLOR & #HASHTAGGED
 

Discography

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Kathy Kosins Uncovered - Soul
Gregory Porter - Don't Forget Your Music Documentary (sound track)
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#HASHTAGGED ALBUM COVER
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Press Photos

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Booking

Gwendolyn Jones,

Jones Management

booking@curtistaylor.net

Tel: 216-253-3730

 

For a performance schedule and more please visit the artist's website:

© 2019 Curtis Taylor Music

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