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If you’re looking for a smooth saxophone accompanied by live piano & keyboards- you’ve found the perfect combination.  “Mel and John”, (Mel Taylor - tenor sax and John Smatla - keyboards)  co-leaders of “The Niche”,  also perform together frequently as a duo - playing a cool mix of jazz, R & B and pop/rock classics. 


Mel and John were featured at the Rooftop

 Terrace of the Hyatt House Hotel in Jersey City, for two years prior to the pandemic. This year, Mel and John have continued performing regularly at the open-air “West Bank Cafe” in New York City. 

The Sax Duo duplicates a full band by combining original bass, drum and percussion tracks with interactive, live performances.  The result is a smooth and satisfying mix covering a wide range of musical styles.   Please check out their video samples below.  


The Sax Duo is also available with the DJ.


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