Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks In Whispers 

Hi Everyone,

Corinne Bailey Rae's new release "The Heart Speaks In Whispers" is released, after much anticipation, on Virgin EMI and Capitol Records tomorrow May 13th 2016...

Way back in November of 2011 I got a call from my old friend and producer Steve Brown asking if I'd be up for coming up to Leeds to play live drums on a couple of early song ideas Corinne and he had been working on. I was more than happy to do this although, because of various things, it meant jumping in my car at 22.30 hours after a…

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Spring Gigs 

Hello again,

JTQ will be at Ronnie Scott's for another run from Wed 18th March - 21st March (6 shows in all) - Looking forward to being back at the best jazz venue in the country: http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/2535-the-james-taylor-quartet-feat-yvonne-yanney-vocals

We also have a couple of special concerts coming up at the QEH on the Southbank on the 6th April: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/james-taylors-rochester-mass-88741 and then the Gateshead International Jazz Festival…

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Happy "New" Year! 

Hello and a belated Happy New Year,

Sorry I haven't done a blog for a few months. Lots has been going on so I haven't had a chance. Highlights of October were going to Cork Jazz Festival with JTQ for the third year in a row and I also did some more sessions for Audio Network writers Adam Drake & Tom Jenkins. 5 of their compositions that I played drums on have made it into Audio Network's Top 10 most downloaded tracks. JTQ also played Bratislava Jazz Festival, including a live broadcast on national TV…

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Blue Note/Jamie Cullum session 

Buonjourno! I'm writing my Blog from my hotel room in Milan today. We had a wonderful full capacity crowd for the start of JTQ's run here at Blue Note Milano last night. September has been incredibly busy beginning at Ronnie's, then travelling straight from our last set at Ronnie's to Monopoli and Gravina in the South of Italy for some beautiful outdoor gigs. We came back for Funk Night at Birmingham town hall, sharing the bill with Incognito and now we're finishing off with our 5 show run in Milan. Next…

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More Festivals... 

It's been another busy month starting with another BBC session at the wonderful Maida Vale studios. This time I was with Ben Castle's "The Tombola Theory" for Jamie Cullum's Radio 2 show. The session will be aired in October.

JTQ also had another lovely outdoor Jazz Festival in Campomarino in the South of Italy - great setting and fantastic food as ever!

Tonight I'll be playing with Ben's "The Tombola Theory" for our festival debut at Greenbelt in Northamptonshire: http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/contributors

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Andrew Marr Show 

June was a very busy month with JTQ gigs in the Lake District, Switzerland and Rochester Cathedral. I also squeezed in a library music session for Audio Network composers Adam Drake & Tom Jenkins at Soundlab studios.

As well as fitting in various function gigs (including getting my kit up to the 35th floor of The Shard!) I enjoyed playing some great gigs with the Zoe Rahman Quartet in the Isle of Man, Lincoln University and finally at Hop Farm Festival in Kent where we also managed to catch the end of the…

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Brooklyn Bowl! 

Greetings once again! The Deodato run went really well - it was fun to reunite with the same smoking band as the previous shows in Jan 2013 and Snowboy was a fantastic new addition too, great vibes...

Soon after that it was a pleasure to be asked to play with the London Horns at the new "Brooklyn Bowl" venue in the 02 in Greenwich. It was fantastic to play with Barnaby Dickinson and his crew and so lovely to hook-up with the amazing Mike Outram on guitar again. I haven't played with Mike since our…

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QEH Review/Deodato 

I enjoyed a few great shows last month. Our JTQ extravaganza at the QEH on the Southbank was an amazing experience. Here's a fine review from Jazzwise magazine: http://www.jazzwisemagazine.com/pages/live-jazz-music-reviews/13056-james-taylor-quartet-big-band-cool-as-cats-at-qeh

I also performed with Natacha Atlas at Ronnie Scott's at the end of last month as well as making a whistle stop trip to Biel, Switzerland with JTQ...

Tomorrow I start a 3 night, 4 show residency at Ronnie Scott's with the brilliant…

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Zan & Maida Vale 

I'm happy to announce the birth of my son Zan born on 21st February 2014. He's a real sweetheart!

As you can imagine that's been my main focus recently although I did manage to fit in a BBC Radio 3 "Jazz Line-up" session at Maida Vale on the 11th March. This session with JTQ will be brodacast on Saturday 15th March at 18.00: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03y10g4

Here's a pic from the historic studio 3 or "Bing Crosby" room:

This broadcast will be to help promote JTQ's upcoming gig at the QEH, on the…

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Good News! 

Hi everyone,

The good news is that Eumir Deodato is in better health so the cancelled January Ronnie Scott's gigs have been rescheduled as follows: http://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/performances/view/1166-deodato

I also have some interesting events coming up with the James Taylor Quartet including a Maida Vale session for Radio 3. It'll be great to be back in this historic studio - the last time I was there was for Gilles Peterson's then Radio 1 show with Homelife.

This session will be helping promote JTQ's…

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