Jon Taylor

Drummer, Percussionist, Composer, Improviser, Educator


Jon Taylor is a Detroit-based drummer, Percussionist, improviser, composer, and educator.  He is a Founding member of Polyfold, a musical arts collective, and regular collaborator in Detroit’s creative arts community. He participates in some dozen original projects, including the Avant-Rock quartet Saajtak, the multi-media sound and movement ensemble Legs, the electro-acoustic duo Says Things, and the improvised trio Lanula, featuring Detroit stalwarts Marcus Elliot and Betsy Soukup, which uses nature-based contemplative practices to enrich its acoustic improvisations.  He has performed with luminaries of creative music, including Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Michael Formanek, and Jaribu Shahid and been featured at Edgefest, The DC Jazz Festival, The Jazz Gallery in New York, ArtPrize, and Indy Fringefest. He studied at the 2013 Banff International Jazz Workshop, led by pianist Vijay Iyer, and represented the Univserity of Michigan at the 2014 International Association of Schools of Jazz Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, Jon Maintains a rigorous practice in Indian Classical Music, specifically on Tabla, having made several trips to varanasi, india to study with Sri Souma kanti Mukerjee, disciple of chhote lal Misra, the late master of benares gharana. He earned his BFA from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Geri Allen, Andrew Bishop, Michael Gould, Ellen Rowe, Sean Dobbins, and Evan Chambers.