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Overview

James Taylor, one of the great British instrumentalists of his generation, has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for over 30 years and is still famed for 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. This gig, however, provides a unique chance to hear the band stripped back to their original quartet format in a tiny, classic jazz setting. Don’t miss.

After the collapse of mod legends The Prisoners in the 1980s, and before moving to Sweden, James recorded some demos with brother David on guitar, the bass player from The Prisoners, and a drummer from down the road... and thus The James Taylor Quartet was born. From tiny acorns mighty oaks do indeed grow, and it wasn't long before the first single, Blow Up, had been released, the band were in the studio rehearsing for the Mission Impossible EP, gigs were booked, and the late great John Peel was offering a session.

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. Two seminal albums for Polydor, ‘Wait A Minute’ and ‘Get Organized’ cemented their reputation and JTQ found itself at the forefront of a vibrant young club scene. 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 Big Life Records, JTQ returned to the Acid Jazz label, 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 was then utilised by numerous other acts: The Wonderstuff, Manic Street Preachers, The Pogues and U2 all featured James and his distinctive Hammond sound on their albums.

Skip forward 30 years and JTQ has evolved into one of the most exciting and well respected touring bands in the UK. With numerous further albums to their name, the band’s recorded output is prolific, touching genres as diverse as jazz, funk, soul, rock, and even rap, not to mention a handful of library albums in between. Live, the band is explosive, with a breathtaking, unmatched back catalogue.

In 2019, the band remain as much in demand as ever, coming to Lighthouse on the back of a headlining slot at the 2018 EFG London Jazz Festival, with full orchestra. This gig, however, provides a really rare opportunity to hear the band stripped back to their original format.

Support comes from world jazz local favourites, Thokozile, who will be releasing their much awaited debut album in 2019.

Timings: 7.30pm: Thokozile Collective

8.45: James Taylor Quartet

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