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Rhythm & Jazz outfit JT4tet sees the reunion of guitarist Jon Taylor and keyboard player Tim Richards, both members of The London Blues Band, Roogalator II and Grooveyard in the 1990s, also backing British blues queen Dana Gillespie, US bluesman Mojo Buford and Chicago blues diva Deitra Farr.

Jon Taylor led the acclaimed Bop Brothers from 1986 to 2000. Many of Britain’s finest musicians passed through its ranks, such as saxophonists Dick Heckstall-Smith (Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, John Mayall, Colosseum), Jerry Underwood (John Martyn, Spirit Level) and Ed Jones (Incognito, Us3, Kid Creole), vocalist Earl Green (Otis Grand, Paul Lamb) and drummer Sam Kelly (Cymande). The band released two CDs on the Abacabe label, Strange News (1995) and Bop Brothers… and Sisters (2000), the latter including cameos by Ruby Turner, Connie Lush, Taka Boom, Deitra Farr and Dana Gillespie.

The 2000s saw Jon join the Daniel Smith Blues Band for ten years, recording two albums. He has also been a session guest on BBC Radio Two’s Paul Jones Show five times, and backed visiting US bluesmen Champion Jack Dupree, Charlie Sayles and Lefty Dizz, as well as top British jazz artists Harry Beckett, Don Weller, Dick Morrissey and Art Themen.

Tim Richards has led many acclaimed bands including Spirit Level (1979-1999), the nine-piece Great Spirit, and the long running Tim Richards Trio, with over ten CDs to his name. He was pianist with Otis Grand & the Dance Kings, appearing on their debut album Always Hot. His latest band The Hextet is a six-piece featuring Ed Jones and ex-Ronnie Scott trumpeter Dick Pearce; their CD Telegraph Hill was released in 2015 to rave reviews.

The rhythm section of bassist Andy Lafone and drummer Pete Miles goes back to the mid-70s, when they backed American guitarist-vocalist Danny Adler on the London pub-rock circuit. Lafone has also held down the bottom end for Jon Cleary, Geno Washington, Johnny Mars, J. B. Hutto, Snowboy, Matt Bianco, Mark Murphy, Mike Lindup (Level 42), Airto and numerous other Latin artists.

Miles was a member of the house band for the American Blues Legends tours in the 1970s and a member of Jo Ann Kelly’s Band. He led the Radical Sheiks, fronted by harmonica player Alan Glen (Yardbirds, Little Axe and Dr Feelgood) and joined Taylor in the Daniel Smith Blues Band in 2005.

Discography: 
The Message (AbacaJazz DD014) 6-track mini album (2017)
Bluesion! (AbacaJazz DD015) 4-track E.P. (2020)

“JT4tet are four highly accomplished and experienced musicians whose music is a subtle blend of barrelhouse blues, Chicago R&B and jazz and has proved to be a force to reckoned with. All the guys have impressive musical pedigrees and have earned their reputation by hard work, sweat and dedication. By coming together they have forged a truly rootsy act and continue to prove themselves to be in prime condition!” Emrys Baird, BLUES & SOUL ‘An instrumental supergroup!’ Bull’s Head

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Fiona Ross at the EFG London Jazz Festival

 
Nov 19, 2021
  Karamel Club

Tom Seals & Alex Bone “Heart & Soul”

 
Nov 4, 2021
  Boston Room at George IV

Lara Eidi : Women in Jazz live @London Jazz Festival

 
Nov 14, 2021
  Toulouse Lautrec

Trio Manouche with Special Guest Francesca Confortini

 
Nov 18, 2021
  Boston Room at George IV

Sachal Vasandani feat. Romain Collin – ‘Midnight Shelter’

 
Nov 17, 2021
  The Pheasantry

Sarah Moule Quartet – EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

 
Nov 18, 2021
  The Bull's Head

Fiona Ross at Toulouse Lautrec

 
Oct 30, 2021
  Toulouse Lautrec

Sachal Vasandani feat. Romain Collin – ‘Midnight Shelter’

 
Nov 19, 2021
  Lantaren Venster

The Papa George Band Play The Lunchtime Session

 
Oct 31, 2021
  The Bulls Head

Sachal Vasandani feat. Romain Collin – ‘Midnight Shelter’

 
Nov 15, 2021
  St George's Bristol

Orpheus

 
Nov 9, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

Sachal Vasandani feat. Romain Collin – ‘Midnight Shelter’

 
Nov 16, 2021
  The Pheasantry

Together We Go Forward

 
Nov 14, 2021
  606 Club

Emma Rawicz Quartet

 
Nov 29, 2021
  The Cockpit

An Evening of New Jazz Fireworks

 
Nov 5, 2021
  Cadogan Hall

Sachal Vasandani feat. Romain Collin – ‘Midnight Shelter’

 
Nov 18, 2021
  Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Filomena Campus Quartet at the EFG London Jazz Festival

 
Nov 19, 2021
  The Pheasantry

The Mississippi Swamp Dogs : “A Celebration Of The Deep South”

 
Oct 28, 2021
  Boston Room at George IV

Xhosa Cole Trio

 
Oct 25, 2021
  The Cockpit

Joni’s Soul “Homage to Joni Mitchell”

 
Oct 29, 2021
  The Bulls Head

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