Rhythm jazz outfit The James Taylor Quartet play the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath high street with DJ Cheesedip next Friday May 8.
Originally playing the Hammond B3 organ in the UK mod revival band The Prisoners, James Taylor formed his own quartet in 1985, and began playing music similar to the rare-groove jazz-funk then in vogue around London. By the early 90s, that movement had spawned acid jazz, and JTQ found itself at the forefront of a vibrant young club scene.
In 1997 James had the chance to fulfil a dream when he was asked to score the theme tune to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and JTQ’s Whole Lotta Live album was nominated for a Mobo award in 1998, and the following year James featured on Tom Jones’ duets album, Reload.
Tickets cost £11 in advance from www.wegottickets.com or on the door from 9.30pm.