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The Curtis Taylor Quartet

The Curtis Taylor Quartet yields years of jazz talent into one tight group of musicians, all with life-long Michigan connections.

Led by Award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor, the band includes Detroit drummer Alexander White, pianist and educator Rick Roe, and bassist Jonathon S. Muir-Cotton.

Taylor is known for his lyrical and melodic improvisational style. He has performed and recorded with many greats, including Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Ed Motta, Marvin “Smitty’ Smith, Rodney Whitaker, Antonio Hart, Cyrus Chestnut and great gospel luminaries Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard and the Singletons. He toured with virtuosic saxophonist James Carter’s Quintet and formed a musical relationship with friend and mentor Kamau Kenyatta, the Grammy-Award winning producer for Jazz vocal-star Gregory Porter. Taylor was the trumpet chair for Porter’s “Liquid Spirit” album, which won the Grammy-Award for Best-Jazz vocal album of 2014. His album “Snapshot” was released in 2019.

Alexander White is recognized as one of the most creative musicians in Detroit today. He captivates audiences with his interesting interpretation of swing and groove on drums. He studied classical percussion at the Detroit School for Fine and Performing Arts (DSA), and he studied with Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, Diego Rivera, John Douglas. He has toured with he has performed worldwide with some of the most influential jazz artists of our time, including James Carter, Marcus Belgrave, Chick Corea, Christian McBride, and Branford Marsalis, and performs in the Detroit area with his own band, “The Family.”

Rick Roe is a jazz pianist, composer, performer, and educator in the southeastern Michigan music community. He has produced and co-produced ten recordings with original compositions and jazz classics with some of the most accomplished jazz musicians in the world. Roe won first place in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 1994, was twice a semifinalist in Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, in 1993 and 1999, and has been a featured performer in the Jacksonville (Florida) Jazz, Savannah (Georgia) Onstage International Arts, Montreux/Detroit Jazz, Birmingham Jazz, Lansing Jazz, Flint Jazz, and Hawaii Jazz (with Frank Morgan) Festivals.

His recordings include “The Changeover” (1997), “Monk’s Modern Music” (1995), and “Sphere” (2005).
He has also worked with dancer and choreographer Sara Randazzo as musical director for her tap dance company Sole Full of Rhythm for over 25 years. As an educator/clinician, he has been welcomed at schools including the University of Arizona, North Texas University, Michigan State University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Michigan and has performed with Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, Andrew Speight, Wycliffe Gordon and many others.

Jonathon S. Muir-Cotton is a multi-award-winning double bassist and bassist trained in both the jazz and classical traditions, but is equally comfortable playing funk, gospel, blues, R&B, and neo-soul. Under the mentorship and tutelage of great Detroit bassists like Marion Hayden, Robert Hurst, Rick Robinson, Rodney Whitaker and Ralph Armstrong, Jonathon is working towards making his own mark in the music world. He is a student at Michigan State University pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies.

Muir-Cotton has performed with various renowned artists both locally and nationally, including Karriem Riggins, Kris Johnson, Dwight Adams, Curtis Taylor, Quiana Lynell, Vincent Chandler, Ali Jackson, Benny Rubin, Esperanza Spalding, Ian Finkelstein, and Kamau Kenyatta. He has his own band, “Expressions”, which performers throughout Michigan.

September 7, 2020 4:05 pm Monday 9/7 | Absopure Soundstage (42 Degrees N.)
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