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Saturday 25th January 2020: 8:00 PM - doors open at 7:00 PM

We proudly present a fantastic Saturday night of Funky Acid Jazz with the acclaimed James Taylor Quartet aka JTQ plus support from the Fabulous Red Diesel on Saturday 25th January 2020 at St Mary In The Castle, Hastings.

JTQ is a British four-piece jazz funk band, renowned for their live performances. They were formed in 1987 by Hammond organ player James Taylor following the break-up of his former band The Prisoners in the wake of Stiff Records’ bankruptcy.

The current line-up is James Taylor (Keyboards and Orchestration), Mark Cox (guitar), Andrew McKinney (bass) and Pat Illingworth (drums), although recordings and live performances usually feature vocalist Yvonne Yanney.

“One of the great British Hammond organ players of his generation” Nitin Sawhney

“Taylor’s organ sound first sears the ears and then goes straight to the feet” Garry Booth, BBC Music Magazine

“Taylor is one of our finest jazz organists… A musician who has forged his own path… His playing is snappy and crisp” David Lands, Jazz Journal

Demand will be extremely high for this special concert so we encourage you to book early!

The Fabulous Red Diesel will be supporting JTQ with their highly original jazz orientated band of quirky unconventional players; playing song based jazz with soaring vocals, hooks, grooves, soul and the occasional tuba.

Event information:

  • Unserved Seated/Standing Tickets: £30
  • Doors open 7.00pm, concert 8.00pm
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Wheelchair access (please email info@ryejazz.com)
  • Booking fee applies.

Artist: James Taylor Quartet

Listen to James Taylor Quartet

The James Taylor Quartet are a British four-piece jazz funk band, who have become renowned for their live performances. They were formed in 1987 by Hammond organ player James Taylor following the break-up of his former band The Prisoners in the wake of Stiff Records’ bankruptcy.

The current line-up is James Taylor (Keyboards and Orchestration), Mark Cox (guitar), Andrew McKinney (bass) and Pat Illingworth (drums), although recordings and live performances usually feature vocalist Yvonne Yanney.

The James Taylor Quartet’s first single, “Blow-Up” (a funked-up version of Herbie Hancock’s main theme from the seminal 1960s film of the same name), was released in 1987 on the Re Elect The President label, which would later become the Acid Jazz label. The track was championed by the NME and John Peel, appearing in Peel’s Festive Fifty chart for 1987.

The band’s debut 7 track mini album, Mission Impossible (1987) followed and predominantly comprised covers of 1960s film themes such as “Alfie”, “Mrs. Robinson” and “Goldfinger” in a rough, up-tempo, almost punk-like style, that was primarily focused on Taylor’s Hammond organ playing. Their second album, The Money Spyder (1987), was the soundtrack to an imaginary spy film, applying the band’s distinctive style to Taylor’s own compositions.

While promoting these albums The James Taylor Quartet developed a strong reputation as a live band that remains to this day. The live set focuses on accessible rhythm driven music, that some classify as having elements of modern dance music, despite including a lot of improvised solos. During this period a contract with a major record led to them playing to ever increasing audiences.

The band recorded their signature tune “The Theme From Starsky and Hutch” featuring Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis of The JBs in 1988 and this was included on their next album “Wait A Minute” (1988). Their popularity as a live act led to the release of the live album Absolute – JTQ Live in 1991, which attempted to capture the experience of the band in concert (even though it was recorded ‘live’ in the studio, the audience cheering being overdubbed later).

Artist: The Fabulous Red Diesel

Listen to The Fabulous Red Diesel

The Fabulous Red Diesel are a highly original jazz orientated band of unconventional players.Its song based jazz at its heart, but with soaring vocals, hooks, grooves, soul and the occasional tuba.

Their pedigree is impressive, Phil Brown www.phillbrown.net recorded and produced their 3rd album -We know its 43. They have just released their 6th cd- ‘Sparkly Bird-The Soundtrack’ a highly emotional concept album .

The FRD is Kat Lee-Ryan on vocals, keyboards,and flute, Wil Lee-Ryan AKA Duke Boom, on Drums, Simon Dobell AKA Rabbi Jaffa Delicious on trumpet and Guitar, and Beatrice Gullick on double bass, tuba and trumpet. This is a band which defies description,a gumbo of styles and influences, a veritable feast of instruments and complex arrangements.But they are also warm,and accessible ,amazing musicians, yet down to earth people.

As a young soloist in London, Kat supported Jeff Buckley, worked with Andy Coughlan from The Tubeway Army, and Tony Kylie from the Blow Monkeys. As front woman of ‘Naked Angel’ she and her drummer/husband Wil played at Wembley Conference Centre, Glastonbury, The Jazz Café in Camden and Berlin, and The Mean Fiddler, as well as performing alongside artists like Anastasia, Angie Brown and Howard Jones at the Orange in Kensington.

Venue: St Mary In The Castle

St Mary In The Castle

St Mary in the Castle is a unique historical building located on the seafront in Hastings. It hosts live entertainment and exhibitions and can be hired for Weddings, photo shoots, film sets, as well as providing a location for community events. St Mary in the Castle is a registered charitable trust. St Mary In The Castle has full amenities for the disabled and is child and pet friendly.

Car Parking:

Pelham Place car park is directly opposite the venue on Carlisle Parade, Hastings TN34 3AD. Alternatively you can park on Hastings seafront or Rock-a-nore car park on Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings TN34 3DW.

Getting here:

St Mary in the Castle is on Pelham Place, directly on Hastings seafront. The closest train station is Hastings train station and is a ten minute walk from the venue.

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