As you might remember, Jeff was a fantastic guitar player. I will never forget the Beatles Medley he played at Pasadena City College right before I went off to the Marine Corps. It lasted about two hours. His mastery of guitar was incredible, and I would have to say he played, and sang, much better than any of these "cover" bands that you see these days.
He will be missed by all.
November 28, 2013 (from the La Canada Valley Sun--is that still around?)
Family and friends have been deeply saddened by the Thanksgiving Day death of Jeff Taylor. A longtime Foothills resident and a lifelong musician, Jeff was born in Glendale to James and Virginia Taylor in 1954, and raised in La Canada with his brothers Craig and Steve. He attended La Canada schools and Pasadena City College.
He was an enthusiastic fan of anything baseball and an expert on the dead-ball era; he operated a memorabilia shop in Montrose, did woodworking and carpentry in Oregon, then turned to his real love, music, upon his return to La Canada. He sold instruments and gave music lessons at Grayson's in Montrose before opening his own retail store, Pasadena Guitars, selling and repairing fine guitars and amplifiers for the past several years.
He was a widely-respected master of the blues guitar, playing and recording over the years with the Logan Brothers, Black Creek, Mad Shadow, TCS (Taylor-Carruthers-Swanson), Tales, Cross, Aquatint, Beast of Blues, Murderers Row and the Jeff TaylorBand. He composed, arranged and performed two CDs of original music, "Hurting Game" and "Back Home Someday".
Jeff was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his wife, Marie; his daughter, Laura; brothers, Craig and Steve and sister-in-law Mindy; nephews Cameron and Chad; niece, Kelly; numerous cousins and myriad fans.
Services will be on Saturday, December 7, at 9:00 AM at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather at Forest Lawn in Glendale.
A celebration of life will take place after the memorial service - details will be provided as soon as possible.