Fred Taylor

Fred Taylor is a drummer, pianist, composer and arranger, born in Spokane Washington in 1954. He started classical piano studies at the age of 5 with Rosalyn Moldenhauer at the Spokane Conservatory, then drums starting at age 10 with Fred Hartley. In the Seattle area he studied drums with Dave Stetler and Joe Field, arranging with Ralph Mutchler at Olympic College, and later in life drums with Kim Plainfield, Vince Cherico, and Pat Petrillo at the Drummer's Collective in New York City. Playing professionally since the age of 14, he first toured in Jerry Hegarty's country trio in 1972, then with the great CC Pinckney for several years until the later 1970s

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Richard Kamins, Cadence Jazz Review November 1982

Court of Circe

“Taylor is a solid drummer ... He sounds like Jack DeJohnette, building his solos on polyrhythms and splashing cymbals.”

Clive Griffin, Jazz Improv Magazine August 2007


“There is nothing to criticize musically about the committed creative efforts of these experienced players.”

Dave Miele, Jazz Improv NYC Guide Magazine January 2009


“(Taylor, Ackerman and Crane) play as one living breathing entity throughout Circling.”

John Vincent, April 2009


“...a satisfying disc worthy of repeated listening.”

Primary Instrument



Mukilteo, WA

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students


Top quality drum instruction is offered by Fred Taylor at the studio or the student's home. Instruction courses are individually tailored to the age, experience level, and musical goals of the student. A strong emphasis on sight reading, snare drum rudiments, limb independence and 4-way coordination are standard elements of all of Fred's instruction programs. Other topics include: Double bass drum technique and applications; advanced jazz, funk, and fusion playing; commercial musicianship and pop styles; Afro-Cuban rhythms, congas, bongos, and timbales. Currently, lessons are offered in the New York area at Fred's home in New Jersey. The Mukilteo studio is inactive until Fred returns to Washington State on a full-time basis. Students of any age and experience level are welcome. Rates: $35 for a 1-hour lesson at the studio; $50 for at-home lessons. Phone or e-mail Fred for more information.

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