Known for his smooth and sensuous saxophone playing, Paul Taylor has been a major attraction at smooth jazz festivals since the mid-1990s. Born and raised in Denver, Taylor started playing sax when he was 7. He gained early experience playing in a high school garage band called Mixed Company, performing funk, Top 40 and soulful fusion. Taylor graduated as a music performance major from the University of North Las Vegas, had many gigs in the Las Vegas area, and occasionally performed in Los Angeles. In 1994 he worked with keyboardist-producer Dino Esposito at the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival, where he was discovered by Keiko and Kazu Matsui. Taylor played with Keiko Matsui’s band for two years, recording as a sideman before Kazu Matsui produced Taylor’s debut CD, On the Horn; “Till We Meet Again” from the CD became a hit.
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