John Taylor at the Cheltenham Festival
Jez Nelson presents pianist John Taylor at the Cheltenham Festival, performing a new work specially commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to celebrate his 70th birthday. For this performance, Taylor has put together a new band that includes saxophonist Julian Arguelles, trumpeter Chris Batchelor, tuba player Oren Marshall, and Taylor's sons, Alex and Leo. He has been a leading figure of British jazz since the 1970s, playing with saxophonists John Surman and Alan Skidmore before going on to form trio Azimuth with Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler. Collaborations with Jan Garbarek, Enrico Rava and Lee Konitz in the 1980s established an international reputation for his lyricism, subtle harmonic disguise and classically refined technique, which recent trio combinations, including with drummer Martin France and bassist Palle Danielsson, have further cemented.