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Old 11-03-2005, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default James "JT" Taylor of The Twisters - R.I.P.

Vancouver blues musician James "JT" Taylor, 33, has died and fellow
band member Matt Pease is in hospital after their pickup struck a
semi-trailer in Hope on Saturday.

Taylor played upright bass and trumpet for the Twisters, a four-man
blues band from Vancouver. Pease is the drummer.

Taylor and semi driver Donald Galagun of Maple Ridge died at the
scene of the accident. Pease, who was a passenger in the pickup, was
airlifted to Vancouver with serious internal injuries.

The other two band members, Dave "Hurricane" Hoerl and Brandon Isaak
were travelling in a car behind the pickup. Their car slammed into
the pickup during the accident, but they escaped serious injury. They
were treated in hospital for minor injuries and released.

The Twisters were on their way to Prince George to play at the Blues
Underground at the time of the crash. They were scheduled to play
this week at Blues on Whyte in Edmonton.

"JT's talent, energy and showmanship while laying down his
trademark 'meat and potatoes' bass lines have proved to be the
cornerstone of the foundation of the Twisters' sound, " said the
Twisters' Vancouver-based agent Jeff Turner. "James was a dear friend
to us all and will be sorely missed."

Taylor, the father of a one-year-old child, was born in Vancouver and
raised in Nanaimo.

He had an eclectic musical background and played standup bass and
trumpet in bands such Cousin Harley, the Pete Turland Band, the Du-
Rite Aces, the Swingin Bachelors, Lionel Leroy Ward, People Playing
Music and Dr. Tongue. He toured and recorded with the Twisters from
2001.

The Twisters call themselves a "party blues band" and have been
recognized for their high-energy style.

Their 2003 recording Long Hard Road earned a Juno nomination and a
Canadian Independent Music Award for Best Blues Album. Taylor had a
2003 Maple Blues nomination for Best Blues Bassist.

Pease, the newest member of the Twisters, has been playing drums for
18 years and has performed with Michael Kaeshammer, Hugh Fraser,
Keith Bennett, Lee Aaron, Daniel Lapp, and Louise Rose, among others.
Hoerl plays harmonica and sings, while Isaak is guitarist and singer.
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I got as far as reading up to this point - 'Taylor, the father of a one-year-old child' - and I felt it pointless to continue.

I have no idea who this man was, nor what his contribution to blues is but the excert above saddened me greatly.

James 'JT' Taylor R.I.P.
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