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Meet Taylor Plenn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Plenn.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Taylor. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Just like any other young band student, I was plugging along on the saxophone with little passion or inspiration until Joe Henry, the father of my good friend, Levon, played Charlie Parker for us. I suddenly realized that music was more than just notes on a page, it was a mode of personal expression.

I put together my own jazz band in Middle School and played local events. By the time I reached high school, the saxophone eclipsed everything else. I took summer classes at Oakwood School in North Hollywood, weekend classes at Colburn in downtown Los Angeles, and jazz classes at the end of the school day at Pasadena City College.

Slowly, but surely, I developed into the artist I am today: performing, recording, and curating a monthly concert series called “HARD TAY’S NIGHT.”

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Playing music and paying rent is a struggle every freelance musician has to deal with, and I am no different. Artistically, one of the main challenges I face is having to remain constantly versatile in my playing. One night I might be leading my own jazz band, the next night I will play long notes as part of the horn section in an orchestra, and the next night I will go into the studio and create my own parts for someone’s recording session. I have to excel in each of these situations and many others.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
In addition to saxophone, I also double on flute and EWI (an Electronic Wind Instrument that is a synthesizer controlled by breath). I am known for my improvising skills and my ability to adapt to different genres. I have had experience performing and recording a wide variety of styles, from hard bop, rock and roll, blues, free jazz, hip hop, electronic music, and even as an accompaniment for various comedians and actors. Songs featuring my playing have been streamed over millions of times on digital music platforms.

I also take pride in producing and booking acts for “HARD TAY’S NIGHT,” a monthly musical event currently taking place at Canter’s Kibitz Room, and presenting an eclectic mix of performers.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am planning to tour with Man Man to support their sixth studio album on Sub Pop Records. The tours will be nationwide and also include parts of Canada.

I plan to continue Hard Tay’s Night every first Friday and build on the network of musicians I have developed through that monthly event.

I am always looking to take the saxophone to places it hasn’t been before.

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Greg Dorris

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