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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Altadena Public Library Presents Joel Taylor Jazz Trio to Celebrate Its Annual Holiday Program

L-R: Joel Taylor, Jeff Richman and Dean Taba

Wednesday, December 2nd, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the Altadena Library presents the Joel Taylor Jazz Trio featuring Jeff Richman and Dean Taba as its musical lineup to kickoff its 2015 Annual Holiday Program.

Joel Taylor has been in demand as one of the most versatile drummers in the L.A. studio and touring scene since moving to Los Angeles in 1985. He’s performed with the likes of Stanley Clarke, Josh Groban, Eric Benet, Michael Bublé, Bobby Caldwell, Diane Schuur, and Yanni, among others.

Joel is on the short list of drummers for legendary producers David Foster and Peter Wolf. He has performed on numerous film, TV, and video game soundtracks—including Gran Torino, Anchorman, Hannah Montana, and Jonas Brothers—and is also featured on over 100 of the drum tracks for the award-winning, multi-platinum, Guitar Hero II & III, Rock the 80’s and Rock Band video games. He now engineers, records, produces and composes for a variety of artists in his studio, Jackalope Recording, and worldwide via the internet.

Jeff Richman is a professional guitarist with a 35-year career in performance guitar, composing, arranging and recording. He’s produced 16 solo albums and toured worldwide. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he also studied privately with Pat Metheny, Mick Goodrick and William Levitt. He moved to Los Angeles in 1979 after living and performing in New York City. As producer, arranger and performing artist, Jeff recorded and released six CD projects paying tribute to Carlos Santana, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Steely Dan, Miles Davis, Jeff Beck and John Coltrane for the Tone Center record label. In addition to his musical career, Jeff conducts the Fusion Ensemble at Musicians Institute.

“For guitar and fusion enthusiasts. Jeff Richman’s professional background spans over 35 years, his extensive knowledge and experience stems from composing original pieces, touring/performing on guitar, arranging, recording music in various genres, in addition to teaching in various academic settings of note. But to ‘get into’ Jeff’s music all you need do is turn up the volume and fly with him. He’s a pro through and through.” – Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 100 Reviewer, Vine Voice,

Dean Taba began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 6 and played French horn in the high school jazz band that introduced him to the bass and improvised music. After extensive studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a refinement of his skills on both the acoustic and electric bass. Dean relocated in 1984 to LA to become one of its most in-demand musicians.

Also a respected clinician and educator (Los Angeles Music Academy, Musician’s Institute, Cal-Poly Pomona, Grove School of Music) Dean has recently preformed/recorded with Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Mark Murphy, Jake Shimabukuo, Andy Summers, Sadao Watanabe, The San Francisco Symphony, Hiroshima, Rick Bran, The American Jazz Institute Orchestra, Dave Koz, Jeff Richman, Pauline Wilson, The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel HO, Bell Watrous, and many others as well as playing on countless CDs, TV shows, and movie soundtracks.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

The Altadena Library is located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information please call (626) 798-0833. For a schedule of events, visit the library online at


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