Star Talent’s Michael Taylor contributed and was interviewed by the the author of Club Date Musicians: Playing the New York Party Circuit, a definitive chronicle of the birth and evolution of the Dance Band business in New York.
Club Date Musicians: Playing the New York Party Circuit
by Bruce A. McLeod
“New York-area club date musicians play from memory, often drawing on repertoires spanning fifty years of popular music to produce arrangements on the spot. Impressive as their skills are, though, they occupy an ambivalent position: their art must be background, never overshadowing the event, whether a Wedding Reception Music, Corporate Event Entertainment, or a Debutante Ball.
Bruce MacLeod leads the reader to discover why New York musicians don’t use written music, how rock & roll and Top 40 has affected the occupation, and why musicians are attracted to this particular segment of the music industry. I submit its about the satisfaction derived from creating the excitement for 100’s of guests on a weekly basis, and in the case of a wedding, on one of the most important nights of a family’s life.” – Michael Taylor