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Monday 26th August 2019: 3pm - Doors open at 2pm

The Rye international jazz and blues festival proudly present a special afternoon headline concert with the James Taylor Quartet AKA JTQ ‘The coolest sounds in Funky Acid Jazz’ on Monday 26th August in the stunning setting of St Mary’s church Rye, East Sussex.

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 James Taylor Quartet’s 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. The current line-up is James Taylor (Keyboards and Orchestration), Mark Cox (guitar), Andrew McKinney (bass) and Pat Illingworth (drums) and we are delighted to be welcoming them to the Rye Jazz & Blues Festival in 2019.

James Taylor is 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

We gratefully acknowledge the kind support of our partners StoneRock Dental Care in Hawkhurst for partnering this event and for their ongoing support of the festival.

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

Why not get a group of friends together or treat someone special, arrange a pre-concert meal or book to stay overnight at one of the many superb hotels, B&B’s or guest houses.

Unreserved Seated Tickets £35
Booking fee applies.

Doors open at 2.00pm
Concert 3.00pm

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).

Venue: St Mary’s Church

St Mary’s Church

Make a weekend of it!
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St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our Rye headline concerts throughout the year and we are proud to have hosted artists including Jose Feliciano, Courtney Pine, Kandace Springs, Eric Bibb, Nigel Kennedy, KT Tunstall, Mica Paris, Kyle Eastwood and Joan Armatrading. We’re sure you’ll love the venue as much as our artist’s have loved performing here!

Situated in the heart of the citadel, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle and offers breathtaking views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower.

St Mary’s Church, Church Square
Rye, East Sussex TN31 7HF

Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes. The church has no dedicated toilet facilities and we thank our friends at Kino Cinema (one minute walk) for allowing our concert attendees to use their facilities.

  • Fully licensed bar for pre-concert & interval drinks & snacks
  • Unreserved theatre style seating
  • Wheelchair access (please email info@ryejazz.com to book special access once you have booked your tickets)

We would like to thank the staff & volunteers at St Mary’s Church for their support and assistance at the concerts.

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