Jon Taylor

Drummer, Percussionist, Composer, Improviser, Educator

[Taylor’s] Compositions struck a balance between form and freedom ... This was music both for head and heart, always with a bluesy sensibility even during the more adventurous moments
— All About Jazz

Jon Taylor 

ONe of The most in demand musicians in the detroit area, Jon Taylor has built a reputation as a musical chameleon. in addition to his work as a sideman, which runs the gamut playing with artists in jazz, rock, folk, improvised, electronic, Balkan and hip hop contexts, he is a viscous collaborator who co-leads a plethora of diverse projects. These include the art-rock quartet Saajtak, the Electro-Acoustic Duo Says Things, Teiku, which reImagines aurally transmitted jewish family melodies in a Creative music format, the sound and movement ensemble legs, folk rock group Mountain Shark, Improvised Trio Lanula, and his own Band MOver, which features some of Detroit's top improvisers. 


Played Magnificently
— Washington Post
Jon Taylor’s work on drums spans a fitful jazz splash of fills and fast tempos, to a militaristic metal slam.
— Current Magazine

Taylor has played with Some of the most revered names in Jazz and Creative music, INcluding Wadada Leo Smith, Dave LIebman, Michael Formanek, Karl Berger, and Jaribu Shahid, and been featured at the DC Jazz Festival, EdgeFest, The Jazz Gallery In New York, the Ark in Ann Arbor, Cliff Bell's in Detroit, The International Association of Schools of Jazz Conference in Cape Town, South Africa,  and more. He is a graduate of the University of MIchigan where he earned a BFA in Jazz and Contemplative Studies, studying with Geri Allen, Andrew Bishop, Ellen Rowe, EVan Chambers, Mark Kirschenmann, MIchael Gould, Stephen Rush, and Sean Dobbins.