Known for his big sound and soulful playing Mel has been playing tenor sax since the age of 10. His early musical influences were King Curtis, Junior Walker, and John Coltrane. During his grammar and high school years he played in clubs and hotels in the Jersey shore. Some of the bands were the Velveliers, Clique, Soul Five, and the Rhythm and Blues a band he made his first recording with. Upon graduating from high school he was accepted to Berklee School of Music with a scholarship. While at Berklee he was approached to go on the road with Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds from Milwaukee to promote there Billboard hit Get Down.
He wound up touring, writing, and recording, many records on the Magic Touch, Chess, Atco, Stax, and Mercury labels. Harvey and the Seven Sounds also wrote the first song ever to be certified platinum, the song was Disco Lady for Johnny Taylor. The band toured with the Stax review of Wilson Piickett, Staple Singers,Carla and Rufus Thomas and many others. When not on tour they also backed up Etta James, Lowell Fulsom, Erma Franlklin and others.
After returning from the Midwest he returned to the Jersey shore and help form a new band called the Shots with former members of the Asbury Jukes, and Gary Us Bonds.
Currently performing with the CNR Band, Mel John and guest, Total Entertainment, and Sultans of Swing. Want to see him live? Come to Picco this Friday night and see what all the rave is about.
Source: Mel Taylor's Website