Venues, Festivals, Press Mentions & Press Releases

Venues

Rosa's Lounge

Rosa's Lounge

12/16 - 12/17 2016 ~ Chicago, IL ~ Chicago's best blues club

Rosa's Lounge

09/30 - 10/01 2016 ~ Chicago, IL ~ Chicago's best blues club

Rosa's Lounge

06/3 - 4/2016 ~ Chicago, IL ~ Chicago's best blues club

Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival

08/22/2015 ~ Lafayette, IN ~ Cool jazz, smokin' hot blues.

McHenry Rotary Blues * Brews * BBQ

08/02/2015 ~ Petersen Park, McHenry, IL ~ Blues festival

FESTIVALS


Telluride Jazz Festival 2011 - Colorado


The lineup includes Paquito D'Rivera, Tower Of Power, Allen Toussaint, Rita Coolidge, Taylor Hicks, The Clayton Brothers, The Bad Plus, Edmar Castaneda, Robert Walter, Adam Deitch, The March Fourth Marching Band, Lisa Haley & The Zydekats, Melvin Taylor and many more.

Sundance Film Festival 2009 & 2010 - Park City, Utah



Long Beach Blues Festival 2000 - California


The Long Beach Blues Festival, in Long Beach, California, is one of the largest Blues festivals and is the second oldest on the West Coast (first being the San Francisco Blues Festival). It is held on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. For many years it was held on the athletic field on the California State University, Long Beach campus. The 2008 festival, the 29th annual, was held at Rainbow Lagoon in downtown Long Beach.

Bo Diddley, Sugar Blue, Etta James, Bobby Womack, Mavis Staple & the Staple singers, The Allman Brothers, Robert Cray, James Cotton, Melvin Taylor

Montreux Jazz Festival 1996 - Switzerland


July 13th Artists: Bo Diddley, Keb’ Mo’, Otis Rush, Melvin Taylor, Shaggy, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, KBS Symphony Orchestra, The Rippingtons


North Sea Jazz Festival 1990 & 1991 - Rotterdam, Holland
Sunday, July 14th Artists at the Statenhal:
Miles Davis and The Miles Davis Band; David Sanborn Band, Al Foster, Kenny Kirkland, Don Alias, Charnett Moffett; The Zawinul Syndicate; Buddy Guy Blues Band; Koko Taylor and Her Blues Machine; Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band

North Sea Jazz - July 10-14, 1991 ~ Miles Davis, Etta James, Pat Metheny, Robert Cray, Herbie Hancock, Gloria Gaynor, Tower of Power, Oscar Peterson, George Benson, Van Morrison, Chick Corea, John Scofield. Melvin Taylor appeared Sunday, July 14th.

PISTOIA BLUES FESTIVAL 1988 - Pistoia, Italy
Artists: Andy J. Forest Band, A.C. Reed, Maurice John Vaughan, Ron Wood & Bo Diddley "Gunslinger Tour", Johnny Winter, Dennis & The Jets, Louisiana Red, Blues Brothers Band Reunion, Booker T. & The MG's, Sam Moore, Rufus Thomas, Larry Thurston, Zoot Money, John Lee Hooker, Treves Blues Band, Magic Slim, Otis Rush, Melvin Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble. Presenta: Andy J. Forest


Mentioned in the press

"One of the most exhilarating blues guitarists to emerge in the past decade is more a blues innovator than a purist, mixing jazz chords and rock influences into his tapestry of electric blues."

-Rolling Stone Magazine

"A volcanic guitarist�the sort of virtuosity that drags an audience into a world of risks and chances and excitement."

-The New York Times

"This isn't just a 2-CD set of some unbelievable guitar work from a long-esteemed player of truly formidable skill but rather a treasury that proves beyond doubt that Melvin Taylor needs to be placed within the museum of the guitar greats: Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Chet Atkins, Frank Zappa, Earl Klugh, Jim Hall, Leo Kottke, Robert Fripp, Grant Green, Pat Metheny�all of 'em, regardless of style and genre."

-Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange about "Beyond the Burning Guitar"

"Taylor is blessed with the ability for fast and efficient runs, clean and with minimal distortion. He has full command over his instrument. What sets Taylor apart, is the way he hears sound. He has a keen lyrical sense and natural feel for melody."

-CriticalJazz.com about "Beyond the Burning Guitar"

Along with bassist Harlan Lee Terson, Melvin toured with the Chicago Blues Giants in 1982. Other bandmembers, Lefty Dizz, Eddie Shaw and Ken Saydak.

-~ Noted in biography of Harlan Lee Terson - SOLID! Electric Bass

"Taylor's arsenal consists of blinding speed, a feverish wah-wah pedal, a range of tones that leaps from groans to squeals, and notes bent so dramatically that his guitar sounds like it's retching. Taylor succeeds because he's a virtuoso who pushes the limits of his own skills."

-Living Blues Magazine

"Taylor throws off incredibly intricate runs and wrings impossible textures and tones out his of hollow-body with a casualness that belies his virtuosity."

-Knight Ridder Papers

"Taylor's weapons are his dizzying speed, his sweeping runs, his wild man abandon and his trusty wa-wa pedal."

-Jazz Times

 

Articles

 

(Chicago, IL) - The legendary blues cub Rosa's Lounge, a staple of Chicago blues, has been awarded teh 2015 "Keeping The Blues Alive Award" for the Blues Club category. The KBA awards are presented by The Blues Foundation to individuals and organizations for having made significant contributions to the blues.

Currently located at 3420 W. Armitage Ave., Rosa's continues to showcase first class performances nightly. On any given evening audiences can experience the likes of Eddie Taylor, Jr., Jimmy Burns, Dave Specter featuring Jimmy Johnson, Toronzo Cannon, Corey Dennison, Lurrie Bell and Melvin Taylor.
American Blues Scene Magazine - By Casebeer (November 4, 2015)

Mississippi Blues Trail Goes to France
"Gerard Tertre planted the seeds for the Cahors Blues Festival in the ?70s, and in 1979 presented a concert at the Municipal Theater near this site. Aided by sponsors and many volunteers, Tertre produced the first festival in 1982, with guests including Mississippian Luther Johnson, Jr. Other Mississippians who have performed at the festival over the decades include B. B. King, Otis Rush, Jimmy Johnson, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Eddie C. Campbell, Charlie Musselwhite, R. L. Burnside, Louis Myers, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Magic Slim, Willie Kent, Zac Harmon, John Primer and Melvin Taylor. The festival continued booking Mississippi artists under the leadership of veteran blues enthusiast Robert Mauri?s, aided by the City of Cahors and over 100 volunteers. The festival is the longest established blues event in France, drawing tens of thousands of fans every July." Jo-Carolyn Goode | , Style Magazine Newswire | 7/14/2014

Melvin Taylor - Beyond the Burning Guitar CD
"Over the years, America has produced some of the greatest guitarist the world has known. That list is very long indeed. It includes: BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Cray, George Benson and Freddie King just to name a few. We can add Melvin Taylor to that list. His latest CD is titled Beyond The Burning Guitar. This project is a two disc recording that includes 24 tracks. Taylor wrote and arranged all but one of the songs and that is quite an accomplishment in itself.

The first disc includes: Steppers, Passionate, Next Phase, Rock In Blues, The Hook Up and more. These tunes are a mixture of jazz, rock and a little blues. Taylor's style reminds me a lot of Wes Montgomery. It is a smooth and hollow sound as some people call it. He has the unique ability to combine different styles into well constructed solos. He is joined on the album by Bernell Anderson on keyboards and Senor Jefe on drums and percussion..."
Oscar Brooks | , Style Magazine Newswire | 09/17/2012

Living Blues Magazine - Scott M. Bock
"I Wanted People to Hear the Real Melvin Taylor"
(#225 Vol. 44 pg. 32-33) article (May 30, 2013)

Beyond the Blues Melvin Taylor
"Back during its hey-day, there was arguably no better place to hear the blues in Chicago than on a Sunday afternoon at the Maxwell Street market.

With regulars like Blind Jim Brewer, Jimmie Lee Robinson and Robert Nighthawk holding court on a weekly basis – all fiercely competitive performers who would not surrender their chunk of concrete to just anyone - Maxwell Street was certainly not the place for the meek or the timid to get up and perform.

Especially those that were not even at the legal age to possess a driver’s license.

And although he may have been a bit on the young side when he made his debut playing on famed Maxwell Street at the tender age of 11, Melvin Taylor was neither meek nor timid.

Maybe just a tad bit nervous.

"My first time going out there, man, I was so nervous with all those people out there,” he said. “All these thoughts kept going through my head – what am I supposed to do? What if they don’t like me? … all these what-ifs.""
Terry Mullins | Blues Blast Magazine | 04/19/2012

Press Releases

100 Years of Willie Dixon

07/01/2015 ~ To honor this brilliant songwriter, producer, musician, and to celebrate his life and accomplishments, Blues Heaven Foundation is holding a free concert featuring Chicago's phenomenal blues guitarist, Melvin Taylor & the Taylor Made Band.

L.A. TalkRadio

09/19/2013 ~ TalkRadio ~ Oscar's Guitar Shop... to find out everything you've ever wanted to know about Chicago Blues guitarist Melvin Taylor.

Jazzfest Master Jam "Audience Favorite Performer" 2013

03/27/2013 ~ Applicants from 41 countries competed for 5 (five) guitarists' spots in "Master-Jam Fest". The first season International Festival-Contest of Jazz Improvisational Skills. MJF is both a serious professional skills competition and festival. The mission of MJF is to identify the best improvising jazz artists and give them broad public recognition for their talent. In addition to spreading the idea of improvisation as an essential quality of contemporary thinking. Judges first pick to attend the final competition in Odessa (Ukraine) is Melvin Taylor from Chicago, Illinois - USA.

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