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Chad Taylor

Philadelphia, PA      

Chad Taylor is a composer, educator, percussionist, scholar, and co-founder of the Chicago Underground Duo and the myriad spinoff Underground ensembles with trumpeter Rob Mazurek.

Originally from Tempe, Arizona, Taylor grew up in Chicago where he started performing professionally at the age of 16. Since then, he has performed around the world with avant-luminaries including: Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Cooper-Moore, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Peter Brötzmann, and Malachi Favors.

Taylor leads his own band with pianist Angelica Sanchez and bassist Chris Lightcap. Their debut recording, Circle Down, grabbed a five-star kudos from AllMusic.
          “What is remarkable is that there is no wasted motion, no histrionics, or grandstanding, as pure emotion is translated to superlative music making on this most highly recommended recording, one for the ages.”Allmusic.com

Chad holds a BFA in Jazz Performance from New York City’s The New School and an MFA in Jazz Research and History from Rutgers University.

Chad Taylor + James Brandon Lewis Duo

Free improvisation performed at 6BC Gardens – Arts for Art, NYC – October 2, 2016.
Chad Taylor – drums // James Brandon Lewis – tenor saxophone

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Chicago Underground Duo

Chicago Underground Duo performing at Jazzhouse, Copenhagen on the 6th of February, 2015 – as part of the Vinterjazz festival 2015. Chad Taylor (drums) and Rob Mazurek (Trumpet).

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Digital Primitives

Digital Primitives at Jazz Wide Young, 2014. Chad Taylor / Assif Tsahar / Cooper-Moore.

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