Music is our business, the world is our stage, let us build in harmony!
35 years ago Van Taylor had an idea to create a jazz oriented band
that could work on various public levels including education.
Van Taylor assembled an array of Musicians and World Class
The first Taylor Made crew 1987 consisted of Saxophonist:
Terry Ahmed; Vocalist: Annette Batia, Vocalist: Joey Diggs
Vocalist: Sandra Toussaint Vocalist Henry Wright Jr
Trumpeter: Brian Freeman, Drummer Greg Prieto;
Keyboardist Van Taylor and Bassist Tony Blasting
and Ron Walker Jr
Thus the journey began, 100s of thousands of miles later
hundreds of school performance an countless number of
performance for the troops and various festival this group
emerged to set a legacy in motion.
Taylor Made Jazz dynamic approach and smooth style has made them a hit to every audience they have entertained. Their world travels have taken them to Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba, Italy, Greece, Spain, Germany, Egypt, Israel, Turkey Jordan, France England and Various African Countries. The overwhelming response to their CDs throughout the years took them to the top of the MP3 Jazz charts in 2003.
This group won several awards, including the Diamond Accord Award presented by the International Federation of Festival Organizations F.I.D.O.F. in 1996. The group also won the top R&B Award presented by Night Life Magazine during 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 1996; also the Peoples Choice Award for Jazz in 2005, 2004, and 2003. This group is also noted for their work entertaining our Troops and allies overseas through AFE Armed Forces Entertainment, MWR, USO and charities such as the United Way Canada, Childrens Hospital, UNCF, AIDS Research and United Way Buffalo.
On July 22,2003 the common council named that day Taylor Made Jazz day in the city of Buffalo.
Todays crew line up consist of vocalist: Joyce Wilson Nixon and Melissa Kate, Mr. Kenny Berry ,drummers Mike Crimes, Lemeul Bryant and Robert Garrett, Guitarist Jeff Nixon, Nelson Thomas, Bassist Richie Valentino and Jerry Sampson, Trumpeter Brian Freeman and Keyboardist Van Taylor.
Van Has always had a firm belief in supporting the community from a local scale to a worldwide vision, On April 25,2008 at the Tralf Music Hall, many of the performer through the years returned to perform, proceed benefited the National Inner Cities Youth Opportunities NICYO and Student Against Violence Education S.A.V.E.
On March 17 2009 Van Taylor Created Concert From the Heart The group Performed with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to benefit the Buffalo city Mission and the Food Bank of Western New York.IN September 2010 Van Presented the A repeat of CFTH which benefited the Food bank of WNY
The groups current global project is called the Hunger Project proceeds from their compilation cd Agape The hunger Project will benefit this organization that supports the education of people to learn to feed themselves and improve overall life condition on their own through education, more info on the project can be found at www.thp.org to buy the cd click to our charities season button
2011 The Group Participated in the Reach out video to support the Food Bank of WNY
2011 Taylor Made International our R&B Funk special Band Performed the George Clinton Birthday Celebration in Buffalo NY at Canalside to a crown of over 30000 people
2013 Riverfest Park show case
2015 Canalside Concert Series
2017 December LCS9 US NAVY Commissioning
Ceremony Buffalo NY
2018 April 21 Taylor Made Jazz celebration of
30 years - proceeds benefited the African American
Monument to be built in Buffalo NY
2019 Jazz Works WNED Radio National Public
Radio Performance Taylor Made Jazz quintet
2020- 2021 COVID 19
2022 African American veterans Monument
2022 The Release of the song Come Together to
encourage world Peace and Communications
2022 Returning Overseas Concert Tours and
Tours for our Troops Allies and US Embassy personal
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