James Taylor Quartet support Joanna Cooke
Soul/Funk | Seated+Standing
The Wharf Tavistock hosts a Woodland themed Soul/Funk Extravaganza!
The Tamar Community Trust is pleased to announce a performance by The James
Taylor Quartet at the Wharf Tavistock on Friday 24 March 2017. JTQ, who usually
play venues such as Ronnie Scott’s and the Jazz Café in London, are coming to play
at the Wharf to support the work of the Tamar Community Trust, who maintain the
Tamar Trail network and other areas of amenity land in the Tamar Valley, as well as
others who work to support our rich and diverse woodland here in the South West.
JTQ will be supported by Joanna Cooke, a local singer songwriter with a “soulful and
epic” reputation! To add a little fun, there will be a fancy dress competition for the
best woodland animal themed outfit with prizes to include a night at the Endsleigh
Hotel with full bed and board [any update on Pentillie?]. There will also be a bar
extension to ensure all you funky dormice, badgers and deer can show your
woodland moves on the dancefloor after the band. Face will be on hand and local
woodland cuisine will available to add to the woodland theme.
Headline: James Taylor Quartet
James Taylor is one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, and has
taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 25 years; still
famed for its upbeat, energetic live shows… with no sign of slowing down. The band’s
relentlessly entertaining tunes take inspiration from the rare-groove style funk, and
boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s and, the band is, without a doubt, one of the most
important jazz-pop crossover outfits in
British live musical history today.
After 25 years of evolution JTQ has evolved into one of the most exciting and well
respected touring bands in the UK. With numerous albums to its name, the band’s
recorded output is not to be scoffed at. 'Prolific' is an understatement, with albums
touching genres as diverse as jazz, funk, soul, rock, and even rap, not to mention a
handful of library albums in between. Each album is an absolute must for any
Hammond fan: James' playing providing a solid and accomplished lead as always.
Live, the band is explosive, with a breathtaking, diverse unmatched back catalogue.
JTQ’s fired-up signature tune, The Theme from Starsky and Hutch, cemented its
reputation as master of the jazz-funk-r’n’b workout; 60s spy themes, psychedelic and
free-form jazz all added something to the band’s distinctive sound. Originally playing
the Hammond B3 organ in the UK mod revival band The Prisoners, James Taylor
formed his own quartet, and began playing music similar to the rare-groove jazz-funk
then in vogue around London. By the early 90s, that movement had spawned acid
jazz, and JTQ found itself at the forefront of a vibrant young club scene. The first
single, Blow-Up, was released on the Re Elect The President label, a precursor to
Acid Jazz. The band's debut album, Mission Impossible, was released the following
year, predominantly consisting of covers of 60s film themes such as Alfie, Mrs
Robinson and Goldfinger. In the early 1990s, the single Love The Life reached the
Top 40, and the accompanying album, Supernatural Feeling, settled in the Top 30 UK
charts. After releases on Polydor and Big Life Records, JTQ returned to Acid Jazz,
and In The Hand of The Inevitable
remains the label's biggest selling album to date.
In 1997 James had the chance to fulfil a dream when he was asked to score the
theme tune to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the spy spoof starring
Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley. JTQ’s Whole Lotta Live album was nominated for a
MOBO award in 1998, and the following year James featured on Tom Jones’ duets
album, Reload. James’ musical talent has been admired by numerous other acts:
The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues and U2 have all featured
James and his distinctive Hammond sound on their albums.
James Taylor is the best Hammond player this side of the Atlantic
Craig Charles BBC6 FUNK AND SOUL SHOW
James Taylor..one of the all-time great Hammond players
Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers, NME
Never less than an impressive demonstration of virtuosity
Andrew Mueller, Uncut
James Taylor keeps it swinging, fun and unpretentious
Andy Robson, Jazzwise
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
Support: Joanna Cooke
Joanna Cooke is a local singer songwriter and has a voice that mesmerises
whenever it is heard.
From live performances in intimate local venues to recordings on tracks played
across the world her versatility and soul shine through.
Joanna's musical pathway has taken her from school singing and talent shows, via
blues music at home, inspiration from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone,
music degree success to working hard on her own blossoming career. Her high
quality vocals, and top-line writing skills have been used by dance music producers in
Brazil, Australia, South Africa and Europe.
Yet it's with her own music that some of the biggest strides are being made. A first
single "Last June" with long time collaborator Nathan Austin, was followed by
Joanna's well-received debut EP "Remember Me". That record saw her expressive
and distinctive vocals work the full range of emotions from warm, cultured and classy
to heartfelt powerhouse expression. Live show work leapt to well over 100
appearances a year, plus several radio sessions.
That momentum has been maintained. With four more self-composed songs,
Joanna's latest EP "Wound Up" provides the perfect platform for the soulful vocals
and melodies at the heart of her growing reputation. Alongside a busy live schedule
and a growing fan-base, there has been increased media interest too, with TV and
radio appearances for Joanna on both the BBC One TV (South West) Spotlight
Summer Sessions and 'BBC Introducing' in Devon shows.
"Prepare yourselves: this is how it's done. The soulful and epic Joanna Cooke in
#Session now on #BBCIntroducing!" BBC Introducing in Devon
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