Thursday, 31 December 2015

Jude's choice- Sheffield Jazz

John Taylor, Diana Torto, and Julian Siegel 

From Jude Sacker- Sheffield Jazz

"In January 2015 we put on pianist John Taylor’s New Group with Italian singer Diana Torto and Julian Siegel on sax and bass clarinet, in the Crucible Studio.  These three great musicians gave us a joyous evening, complementing each others energy, subtlety and musicality. Little did we know that that was our last chance to hear the very great and much loved John Taylor.  He unexpectedly died of a heart attack on 18th July 2015 and is greatly missed. This band is my highlight of the year.

I’d also like to add these other memorable bands who played in Sheffield this year from a long list of possibles - Larry Bartley’s ‘Just Us’, Phil Donkins ‘The Gate’, Liam Noble piano solo,  Jean Toussaint’s Blakey Project, New York Standards Quartet and Chris Biscoe’s Mingus Profiles band. So it’s been a good year!

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