Arthur S. Taylor, Jr. (April 6, 1929 – February 6, 1995) was an American jazz drummer of the hard bop school. After playing in the bands of Howard McGhee, Coleman Hawkins, Buddy DeFranco, Bud Powell, and George Wallington from 1948 to 1957, he formed his own group, the Wailers. Between 1957 and 1963 he toured with Donald Byrd, recorded with Miles Davis and John Coltrane, and performed with Thelonious Monk; he also was a member of the original Kenny Dorham Quartet of 1957. In 1963 he moved to Europe, where he lived mainly in France and Belgium for 20 years, playing with local groups and with touring American musicians. He continued freelancing after returning to the United States, and in 1993 organized a second band called the Wailers. He is the author of Notes and Tones, a book based on his interviews with other musicians.
Johnny Griffin has become one of the most popular expatriate Americans now resident in Europe, a man who can be guaranteed to bring an extra layer of excitement to any musical gathering and who never seems to be off form. “I came up in clubs in Chicago” he told writer Kitty Grime, “everyone talking, dancing doing what they want to, but they could still enjoy the music”. I’m not for that ssh, quiet, cool. I try to enjoy myself and see that the musicians I’m working with enjoy themselves and take the public on a trip.