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Taylor, Mark (Anthony)

Taylor, Mark (Anthony), drums; b. Hampstead, London, England, 7 November 1962. He's the son of of Edward Eugene Taylor born September 12th 1935 and Irene Mary Taylor born June 2nd 1936.

Self taught on drums from the age of five years old, Mark became a professional musician after leaving high school at the age of 16. Early important influences were Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Clarke, Roy Haynes and Billy Higgins. Mark has worked alongside many of the worlds most prominent international jazz artists including Arnett Cobb, Art Farmer, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Johnny Griffin, Sonny Stitt, George Coleman, Chet Baker, Duke Jordan, Kenny Barron, Lew Tabackin, Monty Alexander, Mose Allison, Clifford Jordan and Pharoah Sanders to name a few, and has performed on more than thirty albums up until 2003. Mark has also toured the U.S.A., Europe, the Middle East and Asia with many of the before mentioned artists. Since April 1995, he has been working in New York by special invitation from Lew Tabackin where he is now currently residing.

Mark was also involved extensively in jazz education whilst still residing in the U.K.

Married to Tomoko (Sakamoto) Taylor (born 30th January 1964) in January 1992.

Recordings: 
Kettners Modern Jazz Sextet: No.1 (1985); Manda Djinn: You Go To My Head (1985); Mike Pyne Quartet: A Little Blue (1985); Herb Geller Quintet featuring Roy Hargrove (unissued) (1986);
Herb Geller Quartet: Birdland Stomp (1986); Alan Barnes Quartet: Affiliation (1987); Dave Cliff Quartet: The Right Time (1988); Irene Reid: The Lady From Savannah (1989);
Spike Robinson: Three For The Road (1989); Lavelle: Straight singin featuring Ray Brown (1989); Irene Reid: Live At Ronnie Scotts (unissued); (1990);
Mike Carr Trio / Quartet: Good Times And The Blues (1990); George Coleman Quintet: Blues Inside Out (1990); Alan Barnes Quartet: Thirsty Work (1994);
Dave Cliff Duo / Quartet: Sippin At Bells (1994); Lew Tabackin: Tenority (1996); Chris Flory: Word On The Street (1996); Susan Tobockman: Water Color Dreams  (1998);
Andy Panayi Quartet: Blown Away (1999); Dena DeRose: Another World (1999); Kenny Barron: The Artistry of Kenny Barron (1999); Dena DeRose: I Can See Clearly Now (2000);
Mundell Lowe Quartet: When Lights Are Lowe (2000); Mose Allison: The Mose chronicles Volume 1 (2001); William Ash: Hear William Ash - Moonlight and stars (2002);
Anita Wardell Quartet: Until the stars fade (2002); Lew Tabackin Trio: Tanukis night out (2002); Mose Allison: The Mose chronicles Volume 2 (2002);
Ned Otter Octet: The Secrets Inside featuring Harold Mabern (2002); Monty Alexander Trio: Impressions (2003)
Radio broadcasts:
Ronnie Scott Quintet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1985; Bud Shank Quartet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1985; Lew Tabackin Quartet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1986;
Bobby Watson And The Young Lions - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1986; Teddy Edwards Quartet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1987; Joe Henderson / Andrew Hill Quartet - Radio France Paris 1988;
Peter King Quintet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1988; Jimmy Knepper Quintet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1989; Mundell Lowe / Don Menza / Betty Bennett - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1990;
Dee Dee Bridgewater - Radio France Paris 1986; Sandra King - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1985; Alan Skidmore Quartet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1990;
Dave Cliff Quartet / Quintet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1988; Alan Barnes Quartet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1989; Andy Panayi Quartet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1995;
Ted Curson Quintet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1987; Bobby Shew - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1986; Pat Smythe Trio - Jazz Club 1985; Lee Konitz Quartet - Jazz Club. BBC Radio 1986
Television broadcasts: 
(1987) Jazz At The Coconut Grove Leeds. With the Ronnie Scott Quintet;
(1988) Wogan. With The Ronnie Scott Quintet;
(1989) Pebble Mill. With the Ronnie Scott Quintet;
(1990) Into The Groove. With The Mose Allison Trio;
(1990) Rock Steady. With Van Morrison and Mose Allison;
(1991) Pebble Mill. With The Ronnie Scott Quintet
Films:
(1988) Appearance in the movie Stormy Monday. Starring Sting and Sean Bean.
Tours: January 1985, Clifford Jordan Quartet: European tour; May 1985, Art Farmer Quartet: U.K. tour; August 1985, Duke Jordan Trio: European tour;
December 1985, Sonny Stitt Quartet: U.K. tour; March 1986, Eddie Lockjaw Davis Quartet: European tour; May 1986, Kenny Drew Trio - U.K. tour; September 1986, Chet Baker Quartet: U.K. tour;
November 1986, James Moody Quartet: U.K. tour; April 1987, Red Mitchell Trio: Swedish tour; June 1987, Tal Farlow Trio: U.K. tour; August 1987, Guy Lafitte: French tour;
November 1987, Eddie Lockjaw Davis: U.K. tour; December 1987, Buddy DeFranco: U.K. tour; January 1988, Bobby Watson Quintet: U.K. tour;
March 1988, Joe Henderson / Andrew Hill Quartet: European tour; April 1988, James Moody Quartet: U.K. tour; July 1988, Bud Shank / Shorty Rogers Quintet: U.K. tour;
April 1990, Art Farmer Quartet: French tour; June 1990, Lew Tabackin Trio: Spanish tour; September 1990, Lew Tabackin Trio: French tour;
June 1991, Teddy Edwards / Bill Berry Quintet: European tour; August 1991, Kim Parker: U.K. tour; December 1991, Jimmy Knepper Quintet: U.K. tour;
February 1992, Bud Shank Quartet: U.K. tour; May 1992, Plas Johnson Quartet: U.K. / Belgian tour; May 1993, Lew Tabackin Trio: European tour; July 1993, Art Farmer Quartet: U.K. tour;
October / November 1993, Alec Dankworth Quartet: America / Far East tour; February 1994, Lew Tabackin Trio: European tour; May 1994, Johnny Griffin Quartet: U.K. tour;
August 1995, Lew Tabackin Trio: European tour; From February 1996, living and working in New York with the Toshiko Akiyoshi / Lew Tabackin Jazz Orchestra and Quartet;
July 1996, Lew Tabackin Trio: Japanese tour; November 1996, Lew Tabackin Trio: European tour; April 1996, Scott Hamilton Quartet: European tour; July 1997, Lew Tabackin Trio: Japanese tour; September 1997, Charles McPherson Quartet: U.K. tour; November 1997, Mose Allison Trio: U.K. tour; January 1998, Mose Allison Trio: U.K. tour;
November 1998, Lew Tabackin Trio: Japanese tour; May 1999, Lew Tabackin Trio: Spanish tour; July 1999, George Coleman Quartet: United States tour;
November 1999, Lew Tabackin Trio: Japanese tour; March 2000, Monty Alexander Trio: European tour; May 2000, Lew Tabackin Trio: United States tour;
June 2000, Monty Alexander Trio: United States tour; November 2000, Lew Tabackin Trio: Japanese tour; January 2001, Mose Allison Trio: U.K. tour;
June 2001, Monty Alexander Trio: European tour; November 2001, Lew Tabackin Trio: Japanese tour; January 2002, Mose Allison Trio: U.K. tour; October 2002, Lew Tabackin Trio: European tour; November 2002, Lew Tabackin Trio: Japanese tour.

Bibliography:
April 2000 - Profile in the "Modern Drummer" magazine
December / January 2002 Interview for "Jazz Player" magazine by Dr Lou Iozzi
Listed in the Leonard Feather / Ira Gitler Encyclopedia of jazz (U.S.A. 1999)
Listed in the Who's Who of British Jazz by John Chilton (U.K. 2000)

Awards:
1988 - 1995 nominated in the "Best Drummer" category in the British Jazz Awards.
2002 - Participated as drummer on he Grammy nominated album "The Mose Chronicles" by the Mose Allison Trio.

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