Livingston Taylor, acclaimed singer-songwriter, storyteller and professor of music, will share his catchy songs, terrific stories and tremendous warmth on Saturday, May 7th when he takes the stage at Split Level Concerts at the JCC of Central NJ, 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains.  Doors open at 8:45 p.m.; the concert begins at 9 p.m. 
 
Boom Magazine writes, “Livingston Taylor is a natural born storyteller. While all four Taylor siblings have been in the music business, Livingston has been working at his craft the longest. While perhaps not as famous as James, Livingston brings his own experiences into his music with the eclectic and varied musical genres that he so easily slips into.”
 
Driftwood Magazine writes, “He skillfully sets songs about family, friendship and faith to masterfully-executed folk-pop, jazz-pop, bluegrass and country arrangements.”
 
Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.
 
From top-forty hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, including folk, pop, gospel and jazz.
 
Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over 80 shows a year.  His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin tune or something from the best of Broadway.
 
As a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Livingston shares his experiences and knowledge of professional touring with young artists just beginning to hone their skills. His course, Stage Performance (I and II), is one of the most popular at the College, and it gives him the ideal forum in which to impart the lessons learned through his own career to a new generation of musicians. His book Stage Performance,  drawn from those classes, will be available this fall.
 
To hear samples of Livingston Taylor’s music, visit http://www.livtaylor.com/
 
Split Level Concerts at the JCC of Central New Jersey offers music lovers the chance to get up close and personal with first-rate singer/songwriters.  Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available for purchase at the show. 
 
Tickets to the May 7th concert are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.  Tickets are available online at www.jccnj.org or by calling the JCC at 908-889-8800 x 214.
 
The JCC of Central New Jersey is located at 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains. The JCC of Central New Jersey is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey, United Way of Greater Union County and the United Fund of Westfield. Financial assistance is available for membership and various programs.