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Patiently and lovingly devotes himself to the song…Nothing but rapt attention to the song, to melody, to the way a great artist can make us feel” – Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives

Hailed by All About Jazz as "wise beyond his years" and "remarkable" by Toronto Music Report, saxophonist Sam Taylor lives and performs in New York City. A Philadelphia native, Taylor is a recording artist on Cellar Live, with an upcoming 2022 release featuring trumpet great, Terell Stafford. In support of his previous recording, Taylor lead his group on a five concert tour of the Pacific Northwest and Canada in January of 2020


Article: Album Review

Sam Taylor: Let Go

Read "Let Go" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Presenting his third offering from the Cellar Live record label, Harlem-based and Philadelphia native, saxophonist Sam Taylor unleashes an exciting bop-filled package of contemporary jazz covers, making a superb job of interpreting the music of composers such as Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Jule Styne and Jimmy Van Heusen and laying down sturdy new treatments of oft-recorded ...


Article: Play This!

Sam Taylor: Let Go

Read "Sam Taylor: Let Go" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A very tasteful and swinging version of the Jimmy Van Heusen classic standard “Here's That Rainy Day," from tenor saxophonist Sam Taylor on his third album as leader entitled Let Go featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford and an all-star rhythm section of pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Neal Miner and drummer Willie Jones III. The quintet sets out ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Wolfe, Trombone Shorty, Margie Hyams & Mike Dillon

Read "Ben Wolfe, Trombone Shorty, Margie Hyams & Mike Dillon" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We kick off the 788th Episode of Neon Jazz with vibraphonist and Kansas City native Mike Dillon and Punkadelic with music off their 2023 album Inflorescence. We follow that with Punkadelic member Brian Haas of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and their take on The Beatles “Julia" from their last studio album Winterwood Revealed. From there, we ...


Let Go

Label: Cellar Music Group
Released: 2022
Track listing: Luminescence; Let Go; Angel Face; Getting' Together; Out Of The Past; Prisoner Of Love; Here's That Rainy Day; Philly New York Junction; You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile; Bye Bye Baby


Cicada Songs

Label: Mind Beach Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: June; Cicada Song; Alter Ego; Remember the Birds; Porch Cat; Insomnia; What a Day; Ami's Lullaby.


Article: Album Review

Sam Taylor: Let Go

Read "Let Go" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Tenor saxophonist Sam Taylor is a man with a purpose. He is committed to sharing the joy music brings him with like-minded listeners. For this album, he brought together a number of his heroes including trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Jeb Patton, bassist Neal Miner and drummer Willie Jones III at one of jazz's most iconic recording ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Jazz Master Sheila Jordan Celebrates Another Solar Journey

Read "New Releases Plus Jazz Master Sheila Jordan Celebrates Another Solar Journey" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents new releases from from Kate Hamann, Vanessa Racci, Sam Taylor, The Ostara Project, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Kris Allen, plus a new single from Abbie Finn, with birthday shoutouts to lyricist Marilyn Bergman, Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, Cynthia Hilts, Nioka Workman, Cindy Blackman, Marianne Solivan, Jen Hodge and Johnny Mercer among others. Thanks for ...


Article: Album Review

Quinn Sternberg: Cicada Songs

Read "Cicada Songs" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

On Cicada Songs, bassist Quinn Sternberg paints a dreamy portrait of a languid summer evening at home, a visit to a comfortable front porch full of snoozing dogs, meandering cats, and the natural summer serenade of its title track. The first Cicada song is “June," Sternberg and company's collective musing about what Sternberg's beloved ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Demons and Wizards, June Bugs and Jakarta

Read "Demons and Wizards, June Bugs and Jakarta" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Hermeto Pascoal Planetario Da Gavea Far Out Recordings 2022 Planetario Da Gavea is an enormous, sprawling document from a February 1981 outdoor performance series by Brazilian jazz wizard Hermeto Pascoal recorded under the stars in the Gávea neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, within the dome of ...


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