On April 21, 2018 the internationally known and Buffalo based band Taylor Made Jazz will celebrate its 30th year with a black-tie gala at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel, 1340 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY 14221. The event will kick off with a private V.I.P. reception at 6:00. Doors will open at 7:00 for general admission.
This show will be led by the original vocalists of Taylor Made Jazz. In 2003, the City of Buffalo declared July 22, as Taylor Made Jazz day in the City of Buffalo and the band has only continued to grow and impact the community with its unique blend of original jazz and R&B.
The far-reaching impact of Taylor Made Jazz can be seen in the biographies of its core vocalists who will be featured at the gala:
-Joey Diggs: Vocalist and music producer, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee, 2016. Diggs’ noted history is as one of the lead singers of UST Topaze, and for his work in Rick James on the Come Get It album and arranging harmonies for the Doo-Rags.
–Sandra Toussaint Crippen: Vocalist who appeared at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY during the 90’s, and on City Rhythm TV during the 80’s.
–Henry Wright, Jr.: Vocalist from Lackawanna, NY, started singing with Unique Sounds during the 70’s, which became UST Topaze, and worked as gospel drummer and singer throughout Western New York
–Annette Batia: Lead Vocalist on the hit song “Springtime Love” with the Exoutics, written by Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee
Ron Walker. The show will feature original songs from the albums Agape and The Next Step performed by Taylor Made Jazz musicians
Robert Garrett (drummer), Brian Freeman (trumpet, also known as the “jazz” of Taylor Made Jazz), Jerry Livingston (bass), Nelson Thomas (guitar), Michael Crymes (drums), and band-leader Van Taylor (piano/keyboard, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee,1998).
Hosting the show will be the band’s current vocalists, Melissa Kate and Joyce Wilson-Nixon, and special guest hosts David Allen and Eric Martin. A special performance by Buffalo Music Hall of Famers The Exoutics will open the event Featuring Ron Walker Michael Pennick and Thomas Hall..