The Jackson Taylor Band is a young, but experienced blues-rock group based out of the Philadelphia suburbs of New Jersey. Entertaining crowds between NYC, Baltimore, Lancaster, and all major shore towns, JTB specializes in rocking blues tunes written by the greats; BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Walter Trout, Joe Bonamassa and many others. With original renditions of these well known tunes, JTB has received overwhelming positive feedback from the many patrons of their gigs. Notes of jazz and rock nuances gives them their own unique sound, and makes every song that they play like their own.
Jackson Taylor Lee
As the front-man, lead singer and guitarist of JTB, Jackson's passion for his craft and entertaining crowds has always shown as a major attribute of his. His musical journey began at a very young age as a member of his grandparents theater program, full of original compositions and musicals alike. These experiences, along with the great inspiration in his grandfather (Jack Jeckot *bio below*) led to picking up a guitar by age 9. He furthered his musical knowledge as a part of his HS band, as well as drum and bugle corps, as a member of the hornline.
Many other inspirations struck him throughout the following years; such as, Eddie Van Halen and John Petrucci. It was when he discovered blues legends like BB King, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Walter Trout, Eric Gales and Joe Bonamassa, that Jackson fell in love with the genre. After many experiences playing with Walter Trout and his band, Jackson was sold, and knew what he wanted to do with his life. Chasing this passion has always been a dream, soon to become a reality.
Eric grew up surrounded by music thanks to his father, Fran, who often enjoyed 70's rock and 90's grunge throughout the house after work. In his teens, he started exploring many more genres of music. Eric was a bass guitarist for HS Symphonic Band class, and a dedicated percussionist in the drumline of the marching ensembles; also where he instructed students after graduation. During this time he learned music theory, how to play to a metronome, and met Jackson and Josh.
His largest influences include many such David Gilmour and John Mayer. One day, he came across Stevie Ray Vaughan's album, Texas Flood. That's when the switch flipped. The blues caused a rush of emotions Eric had not felt before.
Josh grew up inspired by the music being played around him by his father, Bruce. He began his own musical explorations at nine years old as a saxophonist in his school concert band, as well as in his HS marching band, where he met Jackson and Eric. At age 14, Josh saved up to get is first bass, and channeled strong inspirations from Geddy Lee (Rush), Chris Squire (Yes), and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Jude, his close childhood friend, is a drummer who always shared a music taste with him. They played their favorite songs together, and very quickly Josh was sold.
After branching out and exploring new music, he discovered the playing of great bassists like Victor Wooten and Joe Dart (Vulfpeck) both which inspired him to take a leap of faith and give music all he's got. Josh is thrilled to be out playing for and entertaining crowds. He is very simply the groove of JTB. Let's make some noise for the bass player!
With over forty-five years of drumming experience, Greg has played professionally in Atlantic City, NJ. Caesars, Bally's, Harrah's,--did the whole Jersey shore thing, Penalty Box, Ocean Drive, Mothers, The Mediterranean Club. He's also played in Las Vegas and in groups as few as "power trio's" up to ten-piece horn bands, meaning he is a well-rounded musician ready to take on any job with his arsenal of experience
Greg is retired (at 52); Mechanical Engineer. He is a very passionate percussionist with a great awareness to musicians around him and the crowds he often entertains.
Jack was born in Albany, New York. At the age of 8 his family moved back to South Jersey where he still resides today with his wife, Christine. Growing up with his mother and siblings in the home of his grandparents, he credits his grandmother’s piano playing and his grandfather’s banjo strumming as his first musical influences. Then came Ray Charles, The Beatles and all the 60’s influences. As a teen, Jack became proficient playing rock-and-roll and blues piano, but since it was too hard to cart around a piano, he taught himself guitar. Since the 7th grade Jack has played guitar, piano, organ, brass and sang lead in several rock groups including Wilmont Mews which started the career of the great blues guitar virtuoso, Walter Trout.
After high school, Jack attended West Chester University and majored in Music Education. During his teaching years in Mt. Laurel, NJ, Jack and with his wife, Christine, also directed a wonderful theater program for children up to 8th grade, all while also performing with The BB Jackson Band. Together he and Christine created, composed, produced and directed 15 original stage musicals. Now after 40 years as a music educator, Jack is retired from teaching and is back to being a full-time musician.
Since May of 2013, Jack has been touring with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. When back in Jersey, Jack really enjoys playing keys with his grandson (Jackson) and his band. JTB ROCKS.
Jack can be seen and heard playing keys, guitars & harmonica on the recently released "Richie Furay ’50th Anniversary Return to the Troubadour’ Live" CD/DVD
While touring Jack has played on stage with;
Walter Trout, Richie Furay and band, From Poco; Richie Furay, Paul Cotton, Timothy B. Schmidt
Rusty Young & George Grantham.
Has sat-in onstage with:
America, Jonathon Edwards, Mark Volman, Rick Roberts, John Jorgenson, Jorma Kaukonen, Dave Mason.
Shared stage with:
Greg Allman, ZZ Top, Jaimoe's jazz band, Firefall, Chris Berardo and Marc Berardo, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brewer and Shipley, Wet Willie, Dean Friedman, Dave Mason, Rodney Crowell, Ricki Skaggs & Peter Asher.