When Paul Taylor, International Saxophone Recording Artist in Las Vegas, Nevada announced his 11th album, COUNTDOWN in August 2016, he felt it was also time to update his existing website. With a release date on September 9, 2016 we went to work right away and had everything in place for the pre-order sales on August 12th. We created a site in alignment with his new album art photography by Melissa Castro – a site with that same contemporary feel, black and white, minimalist, and fully responsive across all mobile devices. Check out his site: PaulTaylorSax.com
Twenty years ago when Paul Taylor released his hit debut album, On the Horn, it wouldn’t have been hard to predict that here was a star in the making. Talent, like cream, has a way of rising to the top and Paul’s instantly identifiable sax tones, infectious melodies, cutting edge production and dynamic live performances foretold an impressive career that have catapulted him to the top of the smooth jazz charts again and again.
Paul’s signature sound remains ever cool and deeply soulful with a rhythmic, trip-hop sound influenced by working with some of urban jazz and R&B’s top producers, including Rex Rideout, Barry J. Eastmond and The Heavyweights. His 10th CD, the aptly titled Tenacity, was evidence that he remains a fresh and vital force in contemporary urban jazz, with this CD hitting the top ten on the charts in 2014.
Though Taylor has been a groundbreaking force among the sax elite in the genre since his hit 1995 debut On The Horn, his 2014 #1 hit “Supernova” continued the exhilarating upswing he has been enjoying since he started his second decade as an artist with Ladies’ Choice (2007) – his first ever #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart. “Burnin’,” the title track from his 2009 album, hit #1 on the airplay charts, and “Push To Start” from Prime Time (2011), hit the pole position on the Smooth Jazz Songs chart. Prime Time further lived up to its colorful name by reaching the Top Ten on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.
The Denver native has been mesmerizing thousands of fans, headlining hundreds of shows and being part of exciting all-star tours – most recently doing dates with Peter White and Euge Groove in a lineup affectionately dubbed “Peter, Paul and Euge.” Before that he was part of the blockbuster summer tours Gentlemen of the Night (with Marion Meadows and Warren Hill) and Sax and the City (with Meadows and Vincent Ingala). Over the years, he has also hit the road with The Rippingtons and the acclaimed “Groovin’ For Grover” tour.
In December 2012, the longtime basketball enthusiast achieved another longtime dream, performing the National Anthem in Madison Square Garden at a New York Knicks game; their coach Mike Woodson is a longtime fan. Taylor is now also an official endorsee of Vigilante mouthpieces and tenor and alto for Cannonball Musical Instruments.
Today, Paul’s solo and collaborative gigs are as varied as his melodic and soulful tunes. His venues range from small clubs and private in-home parties, huge urban Jazz festivals and exclusive international events where his brand of smooth Jazz continues to exhilarate appreciative audiences. Taylor’s mix of funk and sensuality have become a mainstay of smooth Jazz as he continues to redefine a genre he clearly owns.