Created 1987, keyboardist Van Taylor founded this jazz-oriented band, composed of an array of world-class musicians, Taylor Made Jazz (TMJ). They have played many times for American troops overseas and at various national and international festivals. They have travelled all around the world, including Cuba, Greece, Germany, Israel, France, and Africa. TMJ received the International Federation of Festival Organization’s Diamond Accord Award, multiple Night Life Magazine top R&B nods, and the People’s Choice Award for Jazz in 2003-5. They went the top of the MP3 Jazz charts in 2003.
Taylor Made Jazz (TMJ) has given hundreds of school performances, this group has inspired a new generation of young fans and performers all over the world. Band Members include: Van Taylor (Keys), Robert Garrett (Drums), Richard Rodolph (Bass), Melissa Kate Miller (Vocalist), Joyce Wilson Nixon (Vocalist), and Brian Freeman (Trumpet).