James Taylor

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Drummer / percussionist / vibes player based in London. Classically trained with huge variety of performance and recording experience
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I’m James Taylor, a drummer / percussionist based in London. I like to work collaboratively and creatively with other musicians, and support songwriters with beats and the percussive backdrop to their songs. As a classically trained musician I also enjoy reading music in any context from a jazz trio to an orchestral setting. I studied drums and percussion with some of the countries top musicians, am a former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and have performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and at festivals and Rock and Jazz clubs throughout the UK and Europe. I also sing backing vocals and play keyboard and guitar instruments to a good standard I have loads of live, studio and theoretical experience and am not afraid to get stuck into any kind of project or situation - I am an open minded and individual musician, honest and enthusiastic about what I do. Nice to meet you! ______________________________________ Recent playing includes: Live percussionist for Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin Session percussionist for the BBC Concert Band Studio sessions for platinum selling producer Andy Whitmore Drum kit for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at the Royal Opera House Djembe for ‘Macbeth’ at the Barbican

James' Reviews

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Halle O
20 years ago

You are a very talented young musician and we have very much enjoyed working with you.

11 years ago

So if anyone needs a brilliant percussion player for some session work, recording, etc, then i woud highly recommend asking James. And he's a lovely bloke too....

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Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Music therapy, Examiner, Community music worker, Accompanist
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