In 1987, keyboardist Van Taylor founded this jazz-oriented band, composed of an array of world-class musicians, Taylor Made Jazz (TMJ).  They have played many times for American troops overseas and at various national and international festivals. They have travelled all around the world, including Cuba, Greece, Germany, Israel, France, and Africa. TMJ received the International Federation of Festival Organization’s Diamond Accord Award, multiple Night Life Magazine top R&B nods, and the People’s Choice Award for Jazz in 2003-5. They went the top of the MP3 Jazz charts in 2003.

TMJ is noted for their charitable and benefit work: they work with charities such as Childrens Hospital, UNCF, AIDS Research and United Way Buffalo. In 2009, they performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to benefit the Buffalo City Mission and Food Bank of WNY. July 22 was named “Taylor Made Jazz Day” in the city of Buffalo by the Common Council in 2003.

While the band member names and faces have changed frequently, the band’s goals have not. In order to foster new jazz lovers and encourage new performers, Taylor Made Jazz (TMJ) has given hundreds of school performances, where their entertaining and dynamic approach has inspired a new generation of young fans and performers.

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Music

Programs

Business of Music with Van Taylor

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Learn from professional musicians! A discussion of the music industry, songwriting, and the laws related to publishing and marketing music. Applicable to students interested in law, music or the entertainment industry. Students create a song, learn how and why the copyright is divided between contributors. Can be extended to a several workshop-residency (contact office for details).
Grade Level:
7-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Workshops Taylor Made Jazz

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The award-winning, world-touring members of Taylor Made Jazz discuss their careers as performers and writers, demonstrate the use of their instruments, and provide the opportunity for students to examine them.

Members of Taylor Made Jazz are available individually for workshops.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Taylor Made Jazz

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An inviting introduction to jazz and blues by a beloved Buffalo jazz ensemble. Demonstrating jazz instruments and performing both original songs and standards, the artists encourage audience participation via vocal warm-up exercises and singing. Qualified students are invited to join the band in performance.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-12
Audience Limit:
350
Performance cost (single):
$680.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$870.00