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100 Years of Willie Dixon

June 13, 2015

To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo,

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Show Time: 5pm to 8pm
Concert in the Garden Area

July 1, 2015 would have been Willie's 100th birthday. To honor this brilliant songwriter, producer, musician, and to celebrate his life and accomplishments,  Blues Heaven Foundation is holding a free concert featuring Chicago's phenomenal blues guitarist, Melvin Taylor & the Taylor Made Band. 

 Willie Dixon was one of the most prolific songwriters of all time with over 500 songs to his credit.  He's been referred to as the "father of the modern Chicago blues".  His songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists across all genres - the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner and Fleetwood Mac to name a few. Willie Dixon has been recognized by the Grammy Hall of Fame (2004), his influence in pop music was selected for preservation  by the U.S. Library of Congress National Recording Registry.  Recently, June 2015, Willie Dixon was inducted in to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  

Melvin Taylor is a masterful performer, composer & producer. His extraordinary talent has taken him around the globe many times over the last 20 years. He began touring Europe at age 20 with Pinetop Perkins Legendary Blues Band. He made an immediate impact on the European circuit, and began opening for BB King for a couple of years. Melvin has performed at world class festival, theaters, held master classes at top music school and conservatories. He has 9 CD's to his credit. Please visit Melvin's website for complete history and information:

(formerly Chess Records Studio)
2120 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Show Time:  5pm to 8pm
Concert in the Garden Area

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September 19, 2013


SEPTEMBER 20 (Friday) at 2PM PST

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Purchase "Taylor Made," on iTunes Tune in to Oscar's Guitar Shop this Friday live at 2pm PST at to find out everything you've ever wanted to know about Chicago Blues guitarist Melvin Taylor. We'll discuss working with Pine Top Perkins, his current album Taylor Made, and the evolution of the blues.

Where? On Oscar's Guitar Shop on Friday September 20th 2pm PST.

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Master Jam

August 20, 2013

To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo,

SEPTEMBER 20 (Friday) at 2PM PST
Jazzfest Master Jam "Audience Favorite Performer" 2013

Photo by Kurt Swanson - Soulful Impressions Photography

Applicants from 41 countries competed for 5 (five) guitarists' spots in "Master-Jam Fest". The first season International Festival-Contest of Jazz Improvisational Skills. MJF is both a serious professional skills competition and festival. The mission of MJF is to identify the best improvising jazz artists and give them broad public recognition for their talent. In addition to spreading the idea of improvisation as an essential quality of contemporary thinking.

Judges first pick to attend the final competition in Odessa (Ukraine) is Melvin Taylor from Chicago, Illinois - USA.

Melvin began playing guitar at age 8. Blessed with a natural talent he never received any formal music training. Influenced by such greats as Wes Montgomery, Otis Rush, Albert King, Chet Atkins and Les Paul, Melvin created a unique sound by incorporating many of these styles into his playing.

Between 1983 - 2000 Melvin recorded 6 blues & jazz CD's for Evidence Records. Recently Melvin's creative focus is on his own music - composing, producing and recording multiple CD's in the past 3 years. 2010 - Beyond the Burning Guitar, a double CD featuring jazz & blues instrumentals. 2011 - Sweet Taste of Guitar, all original instrumental jazz & blues. March 5, 2013 - Taylor Made, a mix of blues, jazz and soulful funk.

All CD's are available on iTunes and other digital sites. Digital distribution through The Orchard.

The jury of the Festival will include leading jazz experts and educators, well-known jazz musicians, journalists, actors and producers for both film and TV. Chairman of the jury is People's Artist of Russia Anatoly Kroll.

MJF will be accompanied by TV and Internet broadcasts.

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Latest CD
Label: Melvin Taylor Productions
UPC Code: 887845566171
Release Date: March 5, 2013

Track listing, track times and composer:
1. Whenever I See You 4:22
2. Blue Moon 4:10
3. Heartache 4:20
4. Beneath the Sunset 3:17
5. Do Your Thing - written by Isaac Hayes.
Arranged and adapted by Melvin Taylor 3:31
6. Time Out 4:12

Recording Dates: Recorded at Misty Creek Studios,
Fairfax, VA 2012
Artists Home Market: USA

Musicians: Melvin Taylor - guitar & rhythm guitar
Melvin Taylor - bass guitar
Rick Jones - Keyboards
Lou Dupont - Drums
Melvin Taylor - vocals (Whenever I See You)
Bernell Anderson - vocals (Heartache)

Produced by: Melvin Taylor Productions and
Beth Pope Artist Management

Melvin Taylor is a veteran guitar master often referred to as a guitar player's guitarist. Folks familiar with Melvin know to expect the unexpected and he delivers on "Taylor Made". Melvin's love of music shines through as he crosses over many styles - mixing fluid jazz, blues, rock and soulful moments. One is dazzled by his imagination and ability to adapt to such a variety of music. From the heart of this incredible artist we realize Melvin's complete devotion to each type of music, capturing the humanity of Melvin's spirit. It's "Taylor Made".

Melvin Taylor is a Blues/Jazz/Rock guitar virtuoso. To describe the phenomenal talent of Taylor, one would have to list 'amazing, exhilarating, skillful and dazzling, at the very least. His explosive and erupting blues based style, mixed with rock and jazz runs, leaves you breathless. He is an absolutely stunning performer, which puts him in a class with such guitar greats as Jimmy Reed, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. Critics have written, Melvin Taylor is a volcanic guitarist; he can also rock hard and has enough sensitivity for jazz.'His execution of lightening speed runs, infused with jazz embellishments reminiscent of Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Jimi Hendrix and Kenny Burell are mind boggling. The most dynamic aspect of his unique sound is his ability to combine so many styles into well constructed solos.

"Taylor's arsenal consists of blinding speed, a feverish wah-wah pedal, a range of tones that leaps from groans to squeals, and notes bent so dramatically that his guitar sounds like it's retching. Taylor succeeds because he's a virtuoso who pushes the limits of his own skills." -Living Blues Magazine

"One of the most exhilarating blues guitarists to emerge in the past decade...[he] is more a blues innovator than a purist, mixing jazz chords and rock influences into his tapestry of electric blues." -Rolling Stone Magazine

"A volcanic guitarist...the sort of virtuosity that drags an audience into a world of risks and chances and excitement." -The New York Times
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