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"Luscious Sounds" BBC London 94.9
Frater and Taylor deliver a strong, resourceful combination of sounds & atmospheres, uniting brazilian, jazz, pop and celtic influences in a worldly excursion ..superb, captivating”
Straight No Chaser
FRATER AND TAYLOR...first collaborated in original project 'the runners'...& expanded "World Runners" Acid jazz folk-flavoured debut album "Phonetic" built a reputation in the late 90's/2000s for blending jazz, funk and folk influences into a vibrant and exhilarating sound.
Leading to generous press coverage and performances at Ronnie Scott’s Club, Camden Jazz Café, Glasgow Celtic Connections & Mayfest plus appearances on Jazz FM (featured by Jools Holland, Robbie Vincent) BBC Radio 2, Live TV, BBC London Live and Edinburgh Festival to name a few.
Becoming proud parents of daughter Rosie..as ‘runners’ activity was perhaps at it’s peak, Steve & Josie decided to hit the soft pedal to allow for the natural demands of parenthood! plus balancing both being in-demand session musicians, songwriters & performers in Jazz and world music. the runners was temporarily put on hold.
in 2006 Drummer/composer arranger Steve Taylor also formed highly aclaimed
Steve Taylor Big Band eXpLoSiOn as seen live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz club, London Jazz Festival & featured by Clare Teal on BBC Radio 2
Steve & Josie's Projects /Gigs / albums / promotion and session work took centre stage.
with a ‘slight’ rebrand name change, Steve and Josie have chosen to dynamically revamp and regroup
AS 'FRATER AND TAYLOR'.
Having recently performed at 'Serious' London Jazz Festival, Ziggy’s World Jazz Club, Spice Jazz, 606, Ronnie Scott's Club /Jazz Verse Jukebox & Hoxton Hall.
Since 2012 Both have jointly been curating very successful North London venue Ziggy’s World Jazz Club performing with top UK & international artists including, Julie Dexter, Ian Shaw, Mica Paris and Omar and Steve Taylor Big Band eXpLoSiOn.
FRATER AND TAYLOR..MUSE
Steve & Josie’s influences are extensive. inspiration comes from music traditions & styles from around the globe:
citing: Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Big Band Jazz, Magma, Christian Vander, Dave Matthews Band, Beady Belle, Ella Fitzgerald, Airto Moreira & Flora Purim among their biggest influences.
FRATER AND TAYLOR
collaborators past & present
Neil Angilley - Keys (Snowboy, Shirley Bassey)
John Crawford - Keys (Airto Moreira/Lewis Taylor)
Rufus Philpot – Bass (Down to the Bone/Randy Brecker)
Simon Read - Bass
Geoff Gascoyne – Bass (Jamie Cullum)
James Fenn/Tom Gray/Rod Blake – Guitar (Candid Records)
Vasilis Xenopolous - Saxes
Graeme Flowers – Tpt
Ben Greenslade T bone
Joy Ellis - Keys/BVs
Jenny Carr – Keys (Barb Jungr/Julia Fordham)
Brendan Power – Harmonicas (Sting/Van Morrison)
Katie Butler – Strings, Whistle, BVs
Rosie Frater-Taylor Guit/BVs
Steve has performed with such Jazz & world music stars as Nitin Sawhney, Maggie Reilly (Mike Oldfield) Ian Shaw, Claire Martin & Gerard Presencer, Been featured artist in UK Drummer mag "Rhythm" and featured artist at London's Ronnie Scott's Jazz club with the Steve Taylor Big Band eXpLoSiOn.
Steve performed with the 80 piece Philharmonia Orchestra directed by film composer Francois Evans at the Royal Festival Hall as well as for The Old Vic's artistic director and Hollywood legend plus numerous session & recording projects including stints at world famous Abbey Road Studios..Steve is a passionate and active music educator and session drummer.
“a technician who grooves” Rhythm “Fiery” “Powerhouse drumming”
“Awesome..unmissable” Ronnie Scott’s
Josie’s collaborations & Credits include:
US jazz trumpet star Randy Brecker,
Steve Taylor Big Band eXpLoSiOn,
singer/ broadcaster Janey Lee Grace
(BBC Radio 2/George Michael),
Brendan Power (Riverdance),
UK jazz sax player Theo Travis, Soul Immigrants plus many media sessions.
Josie Sang in the Royal Festival Hall performance of Leonard Bernsteins’ seminal Mass" – an amazing spectacle of some of Bernsteins’ most challenging music. She is also a Vocal Coach and Educator.
“As performers and session musicians we have performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Albert Hall and with Philharmonia Orchestra, Ronnie Scott's Club (Steve Taylor Big Band eXplosion), Jazz Cafe –
(World Runners) and toured Germany, Scandinavia, and Italy".
"We're fortunate that our music has been performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK & Europe...."
Amy Lame BBC London Live
"Sparkling songs for the noughties"
BBC Radio 2 Janey Lee Grace (Steve Wright Show)
"Superb..captivating" Straight no Chaser
"Adventurous" Time Out
"Awesome" Musician mag
"This music deserves success" BBC Radio 2 'Upstaged'
Bill Kenwright - Theatre impressario
"A sight & sound for sore eyes and ears" Rhythm mag"
"As featured on Jazz FM" Ruth Fisher 'Full Circle' & 'Live Performance' Series