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Episode 18:

Season 3 – Van Taylor

Released: July 15, 2023

About This Episode:

Jazz Keyboardist and Band Leader, Van Taylor who has who has close to 50 years as a professional in entertainment and other related occupational fields, including but not limited to music composer, music arranger and producer, night club keyboardist, artist developer and marketing consultant; television and video commercial producer, joined Rockabilly Greg in the Flamingo Lounge on Sunday, June 4, 2023 to talk about his vast career.

Van Taylor has entertained all over the world at various Resorts and Embassies for over 30 years. He is a songwriter, and owner of Van Taylor Production music publishing company, and TM International, an Internet music distributor company. Van is an artist developer, concert promoter and event coordinator. Van is the bandleader of the internationally known R&B/Jazz band “Taylor Made Jazz”. They have three CDs on the market produced by Van Taylor. Van also owns the group VTP, “Van Taylor Project”, a Jazz-fusion presentation– using Funk, Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Blues and Reggae.

Over the course of 30 years Van has helped educate hundreds of musicians, and thousands of children with musical workshops, and has provided shows for over a hundred thousand members of our U.S. troops, their families and our allies by lifting their spirits and morale with musical performances. Van has produced several successful artists, and many of his music students have opened their own businesses with their own bands, creating hundreds of jobs and providing uplifting entertainment for our service men and women.

Van Taylor wanted to make a difference and was instrumental in developing The Concert From the Heart. The project was created to bring address the issue of poverty in Buffalo New York and helped to change the social and racial landscape.

Two concerts were held. The first was held March 17, 2009 and the second on September 26, 2010 at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo. The concerts benefited The Foodbank of Western New York, now called FeedMore WNY, and The Buffalo City Mission. The Project was supported by the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, Local 92 AFM, all of the media outlets of Buffalo NY and of course the Bands: The Old School B-Boys, The George Scott Big Band, Melissa Kate, Joey Diggs, Joyce Wilson Nixon, Taylor Made Jazz, Mark Mazur and The Little Big Band and legendary Singer, Lance Diamond.

Van is an Board Member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and an inducted member of the Class of 1998.

In 1987 Van produced a hit television dance show called “City Rhythm” the show aired on Fox super station WNYB49. it featured, regional artists performing original music and national artists just getting started and dancers grooving to newly released songs.
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