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Taylor Hicks at Telluride Jazz Celebration: Rocky Mountain ‘High’lights

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A solitary figure stands at the side of the back stage area, drum stick and cowbell in hand, waiting to go on the stage of the biggest Jazz celebration of the summer held for the 35th year at Telluride.

Part One of Three parts: A photo essay of the Taylor Hicks-headlining show at the Telluride Jazz Celebration with Little Memphis Blues Orchestra contributed by Louise Uznanski.  Photos of the three day event by Richard Uznanski and Louise Uznanski.

“Taylor’s the Man!” declared Telluride Jazz Fests on Twitter after his electric performance on August 6th with Little Memphis Blues Orchestra. In speaking with several people in attendance at the show on Saturday, we found out that the reason they came to the Jazz Fest on Saturday night is because they were at the Festival anyway. The reason they stayed at the show was similar to the Jazz Fest’s declaration: I came to see Taylor not as a fan. I went away loving Taylor, his voice and his amazing band.

Moments earlier it seemed easy for Taylor Hicks, the night’s headliner, to cut loose and bang the cowbell while waiting backstage to go on. The adrenaline could be felt through the drumstick Taylor pounded against the cowbell.

Taylor’s band, Little Memphis Blues Orchestra, struck up the familiar notes of ‘Compared to What’ and warmed up the audience, most of which did not know what an evening of pulsating blues and rock they were entering.

The band was finely tuned and awaiting Taylor’s arrival on stage. Preparation was obvious. The sound, the lights and the instruments were ready for this one moment when the band and the headliner would start what would turn out to be the highlight of Telluride Jazz Celebration. So unexpected from a band considered to be blues and rock at a Jazz celebration. In ninety minutes the audience was completely transformed into Taylor Hicks fans.

The band was tight and extraordinarily in tune. Taylor brought out the harp and all hell broke loose. With the thin, cool air, it was a wonder that Taylor could blow the harp with such force. No finer sounds were heard on that instrument in the past three days.

Taylor whipped the audience into his musical ride and brought the members of the band along.

Part Two up next!

37 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jemrah1 #

    Beautiful photos!!

    August 10, 2011
  2. Absolutely gorgeous photo’s and thanks for the lead up to Taylor’s preformance. Can’t wait to read and see part two!! Fantastic to all involved….Thank you for sharing

    August 10, 2011
    • Louise #

      Thank you NFF! We appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Wish all his fans could have been there. AWESOMENESS.

      August 11, 2011
  3. More , more !!! And thanks, too !

    August 10, 2011
  4. mab #

    Be still my heart!!! Thank you both for these breath taking pictures.

    August 10, 2011
  5. Linda T #

    WOW!!!!!!! What an amazing treasure trove of pictures, and love your descriptions to go with them. The first and last ones actually made me cry.

    So glad you got to experience this show, and thanks from the bottom of my heart for bringing such gorgeous photos back!

    August 10, 2011
  6. tishtx #

    Love the pictures!! Love the recap!! Can’t wait for part two :-)

    August 10, 2011
  7. Louise and Rich, I know how much time and care goes into capturing, processing, selecting and posting these photographs. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and for sharing the product of that work with all of us. You are simply the best. Many, many thanks.

    August 10, 2011
    • Louise #

      Thanks! We’re blessed to have been able to go and get the shots we did! Thanks for all of your help and thanks to the media staff at Telluride Jazz Celebration. What a festival they put on and they have festivals every week of the year! Buying lottery tickets now so we can buy a house in Telluride!

      August 11, 2011
  8. Medolark #

    Amazing pics & outstanding writeup…..as usual. Thanks. Ü

    August 10, 2011
  9. This is great! Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and great times with those of us who were pouting at home. Legacy

    August 10, 2011
  10. mond105 #

    Loved this – the pictures are great and the recaps are my favorites

    Mond

    August 10, 2011
  11. Beautiful Pictures!

    August 10, 2011
  12. blueeyes4tay #

    Wow! Wow! Breathtaking pics and great words to go along…..thanks so much!!

    August 10, 2011
  13. wings #

    Wow..this is a wonderful ‘story’ in great pictures and in delightful words. Thanks so much for always sharing with all of us. *hugs*

    August 10, 2011
  14. dnjmorton #

    Have been waiting for your Telluride story and pictures. Fantastic!! Can’t wait for part 2. Thank you both so much. Your talent shines!

    August 11, 2011
  15. Recap amazing & Pictures Captivating! Thanx♥

    August 11, 2011
  16. Amazing shots! This photo essay really captured this joyous performance! Thanks Louise & Rich for once again “bringin it home”!

    August 11, 2011
  17. juliegr #

    An A+ job! You two make a dynamic photographic team. Thanks for the new additions to the “vault”.

    August 11, 2011
  18. timewarpnut #

    I loved this! So beautiful and heartfelt!! Thanks so much!

    August 11, 2011
  19. pattiebelle #

    These are just the BEST!!! You guys totally bring it!!! Now which desktop do I choose???

    August 11, 2011
  20. Liz #

    I think my right click save button just broke :) Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photographs for everyone that can’t attend the shows-truly the next best thing to being there! Sounds like he Taylorized the hell out of the audience!

    August 11, 2011
    • Louise #

      Thanks Liz. The crowd was ‘Taylurized’ for sure!

      August 11, 2011
  21. Louise #

    Thank you all so much for your comments. Telluride was an amazing experience. We saw so many talented musicians in the five days we were there and we’re so thankful for having had this adventure. Taylor and LIMBO was ‘icing on the cake.’ They were on fire from beginning to end. We feel blessed to have been able to be there. We still have big smiles on our faces from all the love shown to Taylor and LIMBO at this festival. Words cannot explain it all. Having these photos helps to remember it all! Thanks again. Stay tuned for Pts. 2 and 3!

    August 11, 2011
  22. What amazing photographs! Thanks so much to Louise and Rich and TaylorHicksNews for bringing all these wonderful memories of this special experience to life.

    August 11, 2011
    • Louise #

      Thank you, Diane. It was a once in a lifetime weekend. We so enjoyed being with Taylor’s fans at this show and sharing in the joy he and the band brought to so many in Telluride. We’re going back someday. Soon.

      August 11, 2011
  23. TAMMY #

    absolutely fantastic photos!!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us! They are just amazing!

    August 11, 2011
  24. OBG #

    Thanks for the great pics-You guys always do such a fantastic job!!! Looking forward to MORE MORE MORE!!!

    August 11, 2011
  25. jonibug #

    I would be inclined to repeat all the compliments in the comments above but it’d take up too much space, so I’ll try to sum it up in about three words….AWESOME and THANK YOU!!!

    August 11, 2011
  26. Karin{ #

    Enjoyed the highlights. The pictures were incredible! Thanks!

    August 11, 2011
  27. Denise Barlow #

    Sweet mercy! These photos are amazing. Taylor is looking so darn handsome (as always), relaxed and happy.

    August 11, 2011
  28. MacPolski #

    marvelous, wonderful, sensational, outstanding, superb, super, excellent, first-rate, first-class, dazzling, out of this world, breathtaking, great, terrific, fabulous, ace, magic, cool, wicked, awesome, brilliant, killer!

    All we need to do now is add The music was … or The scenery was … or The hospitality was … or The photo opportunity was ….

    Thanks to all for your wonderful comments. I missed one. You fans are …

    August 11, 2011
  29. chill #

    Again, great pictures!! And the shirt!! :-)

    August 11, 2011
  30. anne #

    Louise & MacPolski…Your talent with a camera is awesome…thank you . thank you, thank you…:” If you can’t be at the show you love ,,be glad Louise captured it “

    August 11, 2011
    • Louise #

      Thanks anne and everyone! Taylor’s fans are………the nicest!

      August 12, 2011
  31. That is one gorgeous man and you guys are great photographers. Beautiful!

    August 15, 2011
    • Louise #

      Thank you! He is ultra photogenic. Lucky us to have cameras there to capture it!

      August 17, 2011

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