Taylor Hicks at Telluride: First Day Offers Music for All Tastes
Review of the first day of Telluride Jazz Celebration contributed by Louise Uznanski. Photos by Louise Uznanski and Richard Uznanski. Come back for more updates as the Celebration continues.
Watch the live stream of today’s interviews and performances, including Taylor’s interview at 3:45 pm MT and his show at 7:00 pm MT, at ontapblog.wordpress.com. Telluride Jazz Celebration will supply the live stream and TaylorHicksNews will join in with a large viewing screen and live chat for fans to enjoy Telluride’s live programming.
Telluride Jazz Celebration celebrates its 35th anniversary by presenting the most diverse spectrum of musical genres ever. Day 1 at Telluride provided the crowd with music to suit all musical tastes. Springdale Quartet, Edmar Castaneda, Melvin Taylor and Tower of Power were highlights of the first day. And, Taylor Hicks tweeted from backstage while watching Tower of Power at the beginning of their set. He was later spotted making his way through the crowd checking out the venue. Tower of Power made the crowd forget all their daily woes. It’s Friday and Tower of Power brought the soul and the funk.
Springdale Quartet moved the early afternoon audience with blues and jazz. An energetic foursome, the band was chosen from many talented entries to play at Telluride Jazz Celebration.
Edmar Castaneda , a harpist extraordinaire from Columbia amazed the audience with his adept skill on the harp. Edmar was in tune with his 3 piece band and then performed an original tune dedicated to his wife and God for his talent. The instrumentation Edmar presented made the harp sound like a band all by itself. He was the surprise highlight of the day.
Melvin Taylor has been playing blues guitar for over forty years. He is the smooth musician from Chicago who travels the world with his guitar and his band. During the interview, Melvin explained that all music is good. A musician can learn from everyone out there playing their soul out to make their sound heard. Of al of the performers, Melvin Taylor seemed to be the most beloved by the audience.
Tower of Power entered the stage with a multi-piece band and spread the power of soul from the first note to the last. The audience danced. The audience cheered. The audience sang along. It was an hour and a half of pure soul and funk that took over the park for ninety solid minutes of pleasure.
Taylor Hicks was at Tower of Power’s show paying respect to the blues and soul musicians. After tweeting a photo from the back of the stage, he made his way through the crowd checking out the Jazz Celebration grounds.