Grammy-nominated songwriter/pianist John R Burr and renowned singer songwriter Jenna Mammina will be joined by John Shifflett on bass, Jason Lewis on drums and Scott Sorkin on guitar to present a tribute to the music of beloved singer-songwriter James Taylor at the Musically Minded Academy in Oakland’s Rockridge District on Sat., Jan. 21.
This special concert celebrates the enduring and vast musical legacy of James Taylor, as well as the music of other artists who have been a part of his career such as Carol King, Joni Mitchell, Don Grolnick and the Beatles. Jenna and John R’s new arrangements of many of Taylor’s classics, are true to the essence of James Taylor’s wonderful writing, yet provide plenty of room for improvisation and spontaneity.
This Tribute to James Taylor, as well as other KCSM’s In The Moment concerts, are curated by art director Jim Bennett, continuing the legacy of Jazz as a living art form.
About the musicians:
John R Burr was first drawn to the piano at the age of 10 when he heard Vince Guaraldi’s playing on the Peanut’s animated TV specials. He started out as a child prodigy drummer; he was the only child out of 5 siblings not forced to study the piano. It wasn’t until he was in high school that his focus turned to the keyboard. He then discovered that there were too many drummers to compete with and the piano became his instrument of choice.
John has performed with Robben Ford, Sherie Friedlander, Suzanna Smith, Jackie Ryan, Maria Muldaur, The Alison Brown Quartet, Paul McCandless, Michael Manring and Kathy Kallick, among many others. John on piano – Blackbird variation.
“Pianist extraordinaire John R. Bu