Friday, August 27, 2010

Taylor Ho Hits the Road

Taylor Ho Bynum, composer/cornetist/bandleader, is my guest today (8/27) on WMRD- AM 1150's "Best of the Valley-Shore" at 12:30 p.m. Taylor, who earned both his undergraduate and Master's Degree at Wesleyan, is one of the busier musicians I know and is about to embark on a unique tour of New England.  In this picture (snapped by his wife, dancer and teacher Rachel Bernsen), you can identify his mode of transportation (bicycle) and catch a glimpse of his brand new pocket cornet.  After Taylor and his new sextet open the Fall 2010 season at Firehouse 12 in New Haven on September 10, he brings his Trio (including fellow Wes alum Mary Halvorson on guitar) up to Middletown on September 11 to open the Fall 2010 season at Wesleyan's CFA.

The following day, he hits the road for Hartford and a 2 p.m. gig at Real Art Ways with trumpeter Stephen Haynes and it's off for a 6-state/14 day tour.  He'll play in Springfield, Mass, then Brattleboro, VT, off to Portsmith, NH, Portland, ME, Newburyport, MA, Boston, MA, Rhode Island (no gig scheduled there yet), Amherst, MA, and finishing in his hometown of New Haven.

We talk about this, and more, on the show.  He promises his website ( will have all the tour information up soon but, if you want tickets to the New Haven show (which also features former Wesleyan Professor Bill Lowe) go to  For more information about the exciting new season at the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan, do go to

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