Lew Taylor is a Lynchburg, VA native with over 30 years experience as a professional performing musician and entertainer. A 1975 graduate of E. C. Glass High School, he was awarded a Special Talent Scholarship and attended the College of Music and Fine Arts at Howard University in Washington, DC. With career experience as varied as the United States Air Force Band, where he received the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal for Outstanding Service; Royal Caribbean and Premier Cruise Lines, with whom he formed and led several musical groups; and professional tour experience across the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada and Pacific Rim countries, Lew Taylor is one of Central Virginia's most versatile musicians.
With the USAF Band, Lew Taylor honed skills as a keyboardist specializing in pop, jazz and R&B styles, and as an arranger for groups ranging in size from 60-piece concert orchestras to 16-piece jazz big bands to trios and duos. Lew also has many years of experience as a vocalist, accompanying himself on piano or guitar.
Lew Taylor currently resides in Lynchburg where he leads a number of performing bands, including The Lew Taylor Trio, a three-piece jazz group specializing in high energy contemporary jazz; Jazmine, a traditional jazz quartet; and Groove Central, an eclectic group featuring a variety of musical genres and styles. He holds the position of musical director, keyboardist and vocalist in the Charlottesville-based group Ignition, and keyboardist with Charlottesville-based Elegance, both society bands which perform for A-list private events. Lew Taylor holds down the piano seat in the Lynchburg College Community Big Band, under the directorship of Dr. Chris Magee. Lew also is a founding member of Green Earrings, a nationally performing Steely Dan tribute band, of which he is also keyboardist, vocalist, and music director.
He performs periodically with the Roanoke-based Original Royal Kings, which performs classic rock and soul hits from the 1960's and '70's.
Lew Taylor's business organization, Lew Taylor Productions, is a production company that takes music from concept to concert, from idea to performance.
Lew has composed scores for stage productions, including the adaptation of David Woulff's novel "As I Stood At The Gate" and the stage production of "Nu Naybahood II...Here We Go Agin", an adaptation of Grammy Award-winning percussionist D. Munyango Jackson's book "The Nu Naybahood Funetic Ebonic Dictionary Vol. 1", a satirical compilation of contemporary urban African-American speech and dialect patterns.
Lew Taylor has more than a dozen years experience as a private musical instructor with emphasis on music theory, jazz composition and improvisation, piano, guitar and bass.
You may have also seen Lew Taylor on the nationally syndicated television game show "Jeopardy!" in 1998.
Since 2003, Lew has been the proud father of Llewellyn Taylor, III, also known as 'Trey' Taylor, who is in the process of becoming a budding artist in his own right.
For more information on Lew, please click on this link: Lew Taylor: Meet The Music Man