Event Management Lecturer
Jay Taylor was born in Manchester, the son of a bass player and a showgirl.
He has been variously… In-house promoter-manager at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge and Manchester235 Casino, a radio presenter, studio producer, illustrator (notably at Deadline Magazine alongside Jamie Hewlett et al), a music journalist, shoe model, Mister February in the inaugural Beards of Manchester calendar, Gold Blade guitarist, partner in the wonderful folly that was Manchester’s first urban beach project and tour manager for the sensational Ren Harvieu. He’s also worked for the Musicians Union, SJM Concerts, PRS Foundation, Sound City Festival and In the City Festival.
Jay is currently carving up his time between running the diary at Manchester’s nearly 29-year-old Night & Day Café (his favourite venue in the world), running Open Door – a weekly open mic at Nook Café in his neighbourhood, acting as North West coordinator for the Music Venue Trust and also sitting on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Nighttime Economy Taskforce and Manchester Culture Team.
He’s also drawing one cartoon a day to go inside his daughter’s school lunchbox and he hopes to at some point make a 3rd LP by his unwieldy 8 piece combo Bone-box.