Born in Southern, Illinois in 1984, Ivan Taylor has been playing the bass since he was nine years old.
He Had an illustrious high school career, playing with the Illinois All-State Jazz band, The Grammy Band, and Chicago Jazz masters Von Freeman and Orbert Davis. Ivan was a star performer at the 2002 Essentially Ellington competition where he met Wynton Marsalis. This meeting led him to enroll in the Juilliard School of Music.
He had a strong impact on the New York scene, performing with Rashid Ali, Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, louis Hayes, Nicholas Payton, Curtis Fuller, Mike Philips, Kenny Garrett, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Robert Glasper, Take 6, Rodney Jones, Russell Malone and many others. From 2005-2013 he was a member of Mulgrew Miller’s trio and sextet Wingspan touring internationally a run that only ended with the passing of Mulgrew Miller.
Ivan’s Major influences are George Benson, Ray Brown, Israel Crosby, Stanley Clark, Gary Granger, Jaco Pastorius, John Patitucci, Ron Carter, and Christian McBride.