Memorial Day

Its Memorial Day Weekend. There are actually folks out there that don't know what that means.  So . . . allow me . . . . 

Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday in which we honor those who died serving in our armed forces.  It began right after the Civil War and became known as "Decoration Day" because of the act of decorating the graves of soldiers.  It became known-ish as Memorial Day around 1882 but that didn't become officially the name until after WWII.  Originally it was a holiday that was celebrated on May 30th - regardless of what day of the week it fell on.  A bill was passed in 1968 (the Uniform Monday Holiday Act) that moved four holidays, including Memorial Day to Mondays in order to create 3-day weekends.  Lots of controversy about that when it happened for fear that folks would only think of Memorial Day as the first long weekend of Summer.  Let's do our part and keep the spirit of what this holiday is all about alive.  Make sure you spread the word.   THANK YOU to those who choose to serve in the armed forces and for those who have lost loved ones while they served in the armed forces . . . thank you for YOUR service and sacrifices, too.

Hello Everyone.

I'm going to create an FAQ page but until that happens . . . here is where you can see both bands on a regular basis:

RETROGRADE - Every single Wednesday night at Ray's in the City 6p - 10p

Kayla Taylor Trio - Every single Friday night at Ray's in the City 7p - 11p

Now - if for some reason we were to get an enormously outrageously priced gig for a private client - trust me - we'll be there instead.  Our Facebook pages stay current and you can always check last minute to make sure that's where we are headed.  Sometimes if the jazz trio can't be together but Kayla can do the gig - then she will swap jazz for Retrograde.  Same Kayla - different music.  If you love the jazz trio or 5 piece combo - you will also love Retrograde.  If you love Retrograde - you will also love the jazz combo or trio.  We promise.  If you don't - well, there are great therapist, hypotherapists and medications that can assist you with your insanity!

FACEBOOK FOR Kayla Taylor Jazz: (click here)    FACEBOOK FOR Retrograde:  (Click here)

Why are we at Ray's in the City?  Because we love the staff, we love the food, we love the service.  We do NOT like to play at a venue that doesn't have great staff, food and service.  WE value your time and money way more than that.  If you have an unfavorable experience at any venue we play at.  Please contact us personally and let us know and we will pass you experience along to the powers that be and follow up with you to make sure you are okay.  We love you guys and we value our relationships with each and every one of you.

Where the heck is Ray's in the City?  240 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA - DOWNTOWN - its a whole new experience and you need to just get your mind around it and make the trek to downtown.  UBER. MARTA. LIMO. Drive yourselves.  Its worth the trip!

HOORAY FOR 2017.  Its going to be an awesome year for all of us.  I know this because I just know this.  We want to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that you are enjoying it so far.  We have a lot of stuff going on with all the acts* and hope you will make it out to a show ASAP!  We love you guys.  If you'd like to host a home show/concert . . . . 

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We are thrilled to be heading back to TAVOLA Italian Kitchen + Bar this Thursday night with our 4 piece!  Wooohooo!  Jazz standards andblues and some fantastic Italian Food.  This is gonna rock in a jazzy way.  Please call ahead to reserve your table.  Don't worry, we have speakers posted throughout the restaurant so you will be able to hear in any area you are seated.  We're excited to see you and play your favorite tunes.

TAVOLA Italian Kitchen +Bar

THU AUG 11 2016  //  7p - 10p

Book your reservations now by calling:  770.575.3001

Herman

Our dear friend, Herman Jones, Jr, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016. Herman played saxophone back in the day in our band when we were at Ray's on the River as the house band on Thurs, Fri, Sat nites. He was an awesome bandmate and saxophonist. ALWAYS smiling. ALWAYS ready for the gig.  During our tenure at Ray's, Herman was offered a job as the Band Director at Benedict College in Columbia, SC, and so we said farewell as he moved on to another part of his journey. We all got to see each other a few years ago at fellow bandmate, Patrick Cowan's, wedding. Herman attended with his beautiful wife, Demetria. It was just the greatest surprise for all of us to be together again after so many years apart. None of us knew it would be the last time we'd see Herman. We loved Herman. We love him still. We know many of you would want to know that Herman has passed. Please keep his wife and two children and the rest of his family and friends in your prayers. This was completely unexpected - no warning. He collapsed while teaching class and was in the hospital in an induced coma and when they started bringing him out of the coma . . . things just didn't work out for those of us over here on the other side. RIP Herman Jones, Jr. We will always love you. We will always call you our HERMAN-ator! We miss you.

 

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But . . . . I like it warm.  HOT is, well . . . hot!  So . . . with summer upon us and the HOT WEATHER beaming down already here in the ATL, what's a girl to do?  Well, what I do is play music in as many climate controlled environments as possible!  The boys dig the climate control, too.  Who doesn't, really?  I have curly hair.  You may or may not have noticed.  Heat = sweat = more curls.  Sometimes I like to pretend that I have straight hair just like up there on top of the website ^. That's called Denial!  What does all of this have to do with music?  I'll tell ya - come on out to one of our fabulously climate controlled gigs and enjoy some beautiful jazz with Kayla Taylor Jazz or some groovy retro tunes with Retrograde Acoustic Duo.   All the dates are listed on the page called GIGS.

We will be back at TAVOLA after the Summer.  It was hard to get our schedules together with vacations happening on our end and on the restaurant's end . . .  so we will be back there in August.  Yippee!!!!  

Y'all enjoy the beautiful summer and send us some pictures from your vacations, or your gardens, or y'all just having fun.  

Peace, Love, Jazz & Folk Rock!

Come join us for another fantastic night of jazz and fabulous Italian Food at Tavola.  THEY'RE OFFICiALLY TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR OUR NIGHT ONLY!  So give them a shout at 770.575.3001.  We can't wait to see you there!!!

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THU MAR 10 7p - 10p 
KAYLA TAYLOR QUARTET
@ Tavola Italian Kitchen & Bar
4719 Lower Roswell Road
Marietta, GA  30068 
 770.575.3001 www.tavolaga.com 
(featuring Kayla Taylor - vocals; Steve Moore-guitar; Randy Hunter - sax; & Chris Riggenbach - upright bass)

WOW!  We just found out from Vincent, the owner of Tavola Italian Kitchen + Bar, that they plan to donate a portion of their proceeds from Thursday night's sales to the American Heart Association.  Vincent's family has recently been touched by heart disease and we are happy to help promote this most awesome night and help him raise more money to help in the fight against heart disease.  So . . . while you are at our gig enjoying the finest in Rat Pack Jazz, noshing on delicious Italian food - you'll also be helping The American Heart Association.  

COME JOIN US for a great night.   THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016, 7p - 10p,  Tavola Italian Kitchen, 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA  30068.

Wow.  Here it is again. Thanksgiving.  Then Hanukah.  Then Christmas.  Then the New Year.  2016.  Its happened.  Another year has flown by 

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW to join Kayla Taylor, Gwen Hughes, Melanie Dobbins, Tom LaDow and the Jazz Jones Legacy for the DIVAS of SWING shows!   Friday, September 18 @ Chukkar Farms  and Sunday, September 20 @ The Chattahoochee Nature Center.  The concerts are benefitting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and are going to be massively entertaining.  Do NOT miss these shows!

This is the link to purchase tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/d/ga--roswell/atlanta-plays-it-forward/?view=list



We're in full SWING preparing for the next shows with the "DIVAS"
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Throughout this spring, summer and early fall.
This month's concerts benefit Childeren's Healthcare of Atlanta
       
Up Next: 

Divas of Swing 

September 18
 Chukkar Farm, 8 p.m. Friday
 

September 20
 Chattahoochee Nature Center, 6 p.m. Sunday

Accompanied by The Jazz Jones Legacy, Atlanta's star vocalists bring an exciting evening of song:

Kayla Taylor has the vocal control of a jazz songbird combined with the power of a rock vocalist, which makes for an experience that is both exciting and heartwarming.

Melanie Dobbins sings a wide musical genre with a beautiful simplicity--and, like a fine bottle of wine--has a voice that's smooth and expressive.

Gwen Hughes has a feline sense of assurance onstage and a voice full of humor. Imagine if Tina Turner and Cassandra Wilson somehow combined genetic material.. 
 

Reservations/tickets are available
 now via EVENTBRITE
 
Early Bird Prices Are:  
 
Pavilion Level -  Reserved Seating (Tables & Chairs provided)
Table for two-$40   
Table for four-$75
Table for six-$110    
Table for eight-$145
 
General Admission , first come first serve, bring your own lawn chair (no tables allowed)  $15 per person
 
   
Atlanta Plays it Forward supports a different local charity at each concert.
 
Corporate sponsorships for tables, concerts or the season are available!
 
Purchase your early bird seats now at: 
  

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UPCOMING GIGS

  • Jun 3
    Private Event - Atlanta GA, 
     
  • Jun 10
    Private Event - Landrum, SC, 
     
  • Jun 15
    Kayla Taylor Trio @ Red Sky Tapas & Bar,  Marietta
     
  • Jun 16
    Private Event - Carrollton, GA, 
     
  • Jun 17
    Private Event - Atlanta, GA, 
     

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