by Nina Allen-Johnson, [email protected]
World Wine and Jazz & The New Daisy Theater present a Fall Music + Wine + Food series featuring contemporary urban jazz saxman Paul Taylor and jazz multi-instrumentalist Vincent Ingala performing at the newly renovated New Daisy Theater on Friday (Oct. 6).
This is the first in a series of concerts that will celebrate the biggest stars in contemporary jazz and soul music combined with world-class wines and culinary delights of Memphis. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the American Cancer Society of Memphis.
Brother and sister partners Edward Browne III and attorney Pamela Browne formed World Wine and Jazz after losing their father and sister to cancer within 18 months. They have dedicated their resources and efforts to help find a cure for this terrible scourge on society.
About Paul Taylor
In the 20 years since Paul Taylor’s debut hit album “On The Horn,” he’s enjoyed an extraordinary journey in the contemporary urban jazz world.
The key to the charismatic saxophonist’s success?
It’s a mix that includes instantly identifiable sax tones, infectious melodies, cutting edge production and dynamic live performances. “Countdown” is the title for his latest recording on Peak Records (and 11th overall).
About Vincent Ingala
One of the fastest emerging contemporary jazz recording artists in recent history, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Vincent Ingala has blasted into an exciting stratosphere of his own making since his 2010 critically-acclaimed debut album, “North End Soul.”
This coast-to-coast sensation brings a playful spirit, old soul, and youthful enthusiasm to contemporary jazz, with a real sense for what music fans are seeking, from recordings to live performances!
Q &A with Vincent Ingala
Nina Allen-Johnson: Have you ever been to Memphis before?
Vincent Ingala: Once as a tourist when I was in the eighth grade, but never as a performer. I’m excited!
NA-J: When did you start playing?
VI: I’ve been around music my whole life. I started playing drums at age three. Then my grandmother gave me a guitar. I stole my cousin’s keyboard and never gave it back. But in the fifth grade, I gravitated to the saxophone, and since that time, it has become my main voice. But when I get bored with one instrument, I move to another. I even do that in my shows to add a different vibe.
NA-J: You will be on the historic Beale Street, home of the blues. Has the blues had any influence in your musical career? And what do you listen to?
VI: Of course! I love the blues. There are elements of the blues in every type of music, and my favorite music is R&B – rhythm and blues! I don’t listen to too much contemporary jazz. I listen to a lot of different stuff so that when I start to play, it is a fusion of different genres of music. It brings a fresh perspective into the music that I’m making.
NA-J: What are you looking forward to doing in Memphis?
VI: Going to Graceland. I’m an Elvis fanatic since birth! I’m a huge Stax fan. Memphis has such a rich musical history, and I am looking forward to soaking up as much of it as possible. Oh, and eat as much barbecue as I can!
Jazz and soul enthusiast will be excited to know that the other shows in the series will be Kim Waters and Kayla Waters on November 11 and Alex Bugnon and Julian Vaughn on December 9.
(Tickets still are available for Friday’s show and can be purchased via Event Brite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/downtown-live-an-evening-with-paul-taylor-vincent-ingala-tickets-37073926111) or at the New Daisy Box office.)