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JT improvisation

Drums, percussion and vibraphone recorded in an East London basement

Live percussion for Philip Henry and Hannah Martin

'We really enjoyed working with James. He has great technical skill, versatility, and a deep musicality - all you could hope for in a drummer!'

Philip Henry and Hannah Martin

Drums for 'JJT Duo'

'JT comes from a classical training, as do I. So, even though we are improvising mainly with upbeat jazz and hard funk, there is a wider musical language between us.'

- Jozef Janik, Pianist

Recording session for Latin American Film Festival

'James Taylor is the best percussionist I have ever worked with. The creative thinking he’s got while playing is incredible.'
– Martino Scovacricchi, composer

Percussion for 'To The Waters'

'I knew I was looking for someone who had more of an orchestral feel to their playing and equipment – definitely not a straight rock drummer. This guy called James Taylor came in, who had played with the National Youth Orchestra, and immediately related to the kind of open and deep space I was looking for with the rhythm.'

– Paul Kowalski, songwriter.

This band also produced music for the British feature film 'Downhill'.

Drums for Party Band, Goa India

Booked for huge party and wedding shows in Goa, India.

Percussion for Dance - Barbican Centre

One of several projects as part of the musical team for Fin Walker and Ben Park Dance Company, here Act 1 of Macbeth during a research and development project at the Barbican Centre.

Music for film - Kickbox Hijabi by Alnoor Dewshi


'The percussion wasn't there to provide a rhythm, it was there to enhance and emphasise, like a backing singer in percussive form. James understands the significance of less equals more.' Fatea magazine

James (JT) Taylor is a drummer and multi-percussionist based in London. He likes to fuse the sensibilities of his classical training with modern drumming styles and the techniques of traditional percussionists from around the world. He studied with some of the UK's top session players and for a degree in music at the University of Nottingham, whilst also getting invaluable gigging and session experience under his belt, including with the National and Halle Youth Orchestras and at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House.

Helping composers and songwriters soundscape their compositions with percussion is a passion. JT plays drum kit, vibraphone and hybrid percussion set-ups with solo artists and groups in diverse settings. He has played for dance at the Barbican Centre, opera at King's Place, band sessions at BBC Studios London, and at Glastonbury Festival.


JT believes in freedom of expression and non-judgemental listening through music. He gigs as a free improviser with various duos, crosses paths with other artists in the worlds of film, dance and fine art, and facilitates music workshops for underprivileged groups in London.

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