TJ Hooker-Taylor

TJ Hooker-Taylor comes from a musical family. His mother, Mary Ann Hooker, and father, the late Great Johnnie Taylor, raised him in the church. Along with his family and at the age of ten he joined his first group, The Young Golden Voices, who performed at all the churches in the Kansas City area. At the age of 16, TJ started an R&B band called The Grand Jury Band, who opened for many top acts that came to the city, like The Bar-Kays, Cameo Slave and many more. Some of the members of that band went on to become the group Low-Key, which was signed by top R&B poducers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

At the age of 21, TJ's young voice started to change. "I could hear that [Taylor sound]. I had never tried to sound like my dad, I didn't even like the Blues. But on my 25th birthday I was given a chance to open for my dad and get paid," says Hooker-Taylor. "That's when the Blues hit me."

Unapologetically proud of his lineage, Hooker-Taylor has released CD's independently with that Johnnie Taylor sound, albeit with mostly new, original songs. His most recent, The Total Package, featured the hit song, "Player Haters."

CDS Records signed TJ Hooker-Taylor and released two albums with him: 2009's Your Babies Need a Daddy and 2012's Taylorized. In 2015, Taylor began performing with local Gospel group, The KC Clouds.

Thursday, May 03, 7:00pm

Price

FREE

Presenter

American Jazz Museum

Location

Blue Room Jazz Club
1616 E 18th St
Kansas City, MO 64108
United States