Brian “Taz” Grant was raised on the south side of Chicago, making him more than qualified to play the blues. However, it wasn’t the gritty bluesman of the south side that most influenced his playing, as host Jason Wilber brings to light throughout this hour long conversation with Taz.
From his earliest musical memory of watching Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald on television, to his first instructor offering him free lessons if he can buy his own guitar, the conversation shuffles from one great bullet point to the next as Taz chronicles his journey. Now living and playing in Des Moines, Iowa, Taz goes through his formative years as a budding musician; learning Hendrix licks (and borrowing his trademark headbands), finding the funk in seminal acts like the Ohio Players and Earth, Wind and Fire, and even studying 70’s rock and roll pioneers like Led Zeppelin and Queen. Taz makes it very clear that there is more to his sound, and his vision, than simply playing the blues. He is a musician above all else, and a true fan of music and what it brings to life.
Crediting Stevie Wonder as his biggest musical influence, Wilbur plays a few Taz selections throughout the broadcast that seamlessly support his story as a true student of music; the blues, funk, soul, jazz, and pop. Wilbur, as a host, brings a depth to the conversation, especially as they discuss the chord changes and movements within a Steve Wonder classic like Overjoyed. This shared musical knowledge brings forth a level of depth and musicality that really makes this program unique.
Brian “Taz” Grant keeps the torch of In Search of a Song lit and in true form for the show, brings to light another unheralded, but absolutely riveting musician and their story.