The lifespan of an entertainer is unpatriotic as the winter breeze on a tropical breeze. For a particular and peculiar moment, you will wear the pyjamas of a cat and the next fleeting days, you are an overweight dinosaur. It takes a particular magic, stamina, charm and luck, to remain a legend even for a decade and still be relevant with the ever-changing times. George Taylor (GT Taylor )is a Jamaican icon that has remains relevant in the entertainment industry from the late sixties to present times. This young entertainer has been able to maintain a distinct hypnotic aura over his audience and is not ready to roll over and die. This genius has been able to reinvent himself and create a niche in broadcasting, acting, show promoting, and record producing, as a compeer among other functions, in the wide range of entertainment services. George Taylor was born in Kingston on November 23 1949.He attended Russells and All Saints All Age, Vauxhall High. Kinston Technical before Medgar Evers College New York where live for 13 years. A popular emcee from the late sixties, he got involved in acting and played major role in plays such as the Village Rooster, Gun Court Affair, and Obeah Wedding among others. He had the chance to create history as the person to compeer the first set of Tastee Talent Shows .He was deeply involved in stand up comedy when he migrated to New York and formed a group called the Ticklers and created a buzz and prominence in the nightclub scene in the tri-states area for many years.
GT Taylor returned to Jamaica in the early nineties. He started the Occasions Club in Braes River St Elizabeth. This hip club along with its weekly talent he was able to draw attention to the young growing dancehall movement in the early nineties and was soon to be awarded Best Rural Club in Jamaica several times. The highpoint to the popularity of the club was the hosting of a 21 sound clash never before in the history of Dancehall Jamaica. He moved to Whitehouse Westmoreland with a name change to Club Classique. He then returned to Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth with the same flavor .However with the economic crisis and the dwindling value of the dollar, he was forced to close the club in the early part of the new millennium.
GT Taylor returned to Jamaica in the early nineties. He started the Occasions Club in Braes River St Elizabeth. This hip club along with its weekly talent shows was able to draw attention to the young growing dancehall movement in the early nineties and was soon to be awarded Best Rural Club in Jamaica several times. The highpoint to the popularity of the club was the hosting of a 21 sound clash never before in the history of Dancehall Jamaica. He moved to Whitehouse Westmoreland with a name change to Club Classique. He then returned to Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth with the same flavour .However with the economic crisis and the dwindling value of the dollar, he was forced to close the club in the early part of the new millennium.
The deep love for the microphone led GT Taylor into the world of radio. A brief stint as a freelance announcer with Radio Jamaica led him to Jamaica’s hottest radio station IRIE FM Introducing Dancehall to Radio where he has been working for 26 years, The high popularity of his Thursday and Friday night shows became The most popular night time radio shows, He mc's events such as Sting, Reggae Sunfest, Sunsplash both yard and abroad .He has been the leader in the polls/ratings in the Jamaica with the number one night show for years. He has won several awards local and international for his contribution to radio. The nights at Irie FM would not be irie without GT Taylor.
GT Promotions, his company is integral to his success. Due to the high demand for playing music in the dancehall, he created his crew called the GT Aggregation that has been ramming dancehall weekly at home and abroad since early 2000.One of the high point of his success is the respectability garnered of playing in
competition with the cult legend of David Rodigan from London. These occasions had been the talk of the town for weeks.
GT Taylor was always encountering a great problem with space. From the days of Occasion Club in Braes River, there was never sufficient space to host his show. This led to changing concepts to develop GT TAYLOR CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA Started as a dance at Hendricks Waft in Black River For the past 16 years this show has been at either Font Hill Beach Park or Black River Independence Park, Luana Sports Complex & lately Crane Sand Bar N Restaurant St Elizabeth. He has been able to select from the wide cross section of artistes across the different genres that is from the reggae tree. It is of no surprise to see Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Sanchez, Shawn Paul, John Holt,Shaggy, Mr. Vegas,Ninja Man,Movado, Morgan Heritage, Richie Innocent, Ken Boothe, Elephant Man. Luciano, Perfect, TOK, Popcann, Lady Saw,among others performing on one show for the night. He received the award for Best Stage Show 2007 from Irie FM for the chapter of Gt Taylor Christmas Extravaganza taken place December 2007.He venture with a new series entitled GROOVIN on April 2008 in Negril with the caliber of Freddie McGregor, Jimmy Riley, Marcia Griffiths and Beres Hammond. This will become another annual calendar event similar to Christmas Extravaganza. One could never describe George as a self-centred person as he always gives to charities such as to the Black River Hospital The St, Care Committee that take's care of the street people, The Jamaica Cancer Society the St,Eliz, Branch, He is the past President for the St, Eliz, Chamber Of Commerce Black River Chapter where he held the post of President for (3) years,His love for his home parish of St Elizabeth is unquestionable in supporting schools the sick and the needy.
GT Taylor has just started experimenting in record production. This was not a dream but rose from the demand of the youths in the business that felt he is an avenue that their voices can be heard. With his first album THE BEST OF GT TAYLOR VARIOUS ARTIST a unique characteristic is that the compilation is a mixture of established and fresh talents. He is known to assist the career of young artistes by playing good songs that some other disc Jockeys overlooked. Gt Taylor is the man that is loved by artistes and fans alike across the growing world of Reggae. GT Taylor is still the man to watch. This man will still be the Dance Hall master for years to come.
To Suit the request of our patrons! It’s all about party and keeping our original Dancehall Culture alive!, this year it’s the interdiction of party & Dancehall format more dancing! Top artist & Selector’s will be working together to enhance a total euphoria of fun!
Gt Taylor Christmas Extravaganza is a Reggae Dancehall Stage Show that showcases some of the best Reggae & Dancehall artists in Jamaica. GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza’s main project in terms of charity is the St. Elizabeth Care Committee which assists the homeless with cloths, food and medication, also a scholarship for a child to attend Black River High School.
Awarded IRIE FM “Show of the Year” in 2007 and Links FM “Show of the Year” in 2010. The annual reggae stage show has become synonymous with Christmas night for music lovers throughout Jamaica. Christmas Extravaganza is produced by IRIE FM personality GT Taylor and has enjoyed the support of Jamaica’s top artist over the 18 years of its’ staging, making the show one of the longest running annual reggae events in Jamaica and the only event of its kind in Southern Jamaica.
GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza started out as a Dance in 2000 at Hendriks Wharf in Black River but was transformed into a stage show after two (2) years due to the large crowd that it generated. The show was moved from this venue in 2002 to Independence Park, Black River for two (2) years and held on December 24th Christmas Eve. In 2004 the show was moved to Front Hill Beach Park in the said parish, then in 2008 we returned to Independence Park, Luana Sports Complex on Christmas Night and presently at Crane Sand Bar N Restaurant, GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza has now become one of the biggest event in this side of the Island.
This year GT TAYLOR CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA Will feature Some Reggae LEGENS! Also presenting something new a high Energy party mix that start 4:00 am to 6:00 am with the top Sounds selector interacting with the new Dancehall Stars.
TO FIREARMS HOLDERS NO WEAPONS IS ALLOWED IN THE VENUE THERE’S A POLICE POST AT THE VENUE TO RECEIVE PATRON'S FIREARMS.
When he started the Christmas Extravaganza in St. Elizabeth 18 years ago, GT Taylor wanted to make a musical statement --- and more.
Taylor, whose mother was from St. Elizabeth, yearned to give back to the community. And he has done just that, donating funds to charities in the aftermath of his Christmas Day event.
GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza make donation yearly to charities in the parish St. Elizabeth;
Jamaica Cancer Society St Elizabeth Chapter
St. Elizabeth Care Committee ( Take care of homeless people)
Scholarship for a child to attend Black River High School
Taylor says with the support the parish of St. Elizabeth has shown 'Extravaganza' over the years, it is only fitting appreciation is returned. Working with the Jamaica Cancer Society is particularly dear to him.
"I lost my mother to cancer, also relatives and friends. I have to give any assistance I can to those who can't afford treatment,"
Gates Open 5:00pm
Party starts 6:00pm
Available in the venue
FULL STOCK BAR for General & VIP
Portable Bathrooms (with cleaning personals)
Free Parking In Parking Lot
Limited Parking in the VENUE $500JA
No Re Entry
Links about Concert
GT Taylor tweaks Christmas formula
There will be a change in plans for this year's GT Taylor Reggae Christmas Extravaganza, which takes place on Christmas Day at Crane Sand Bar N Restaurant in St Elizabeth.
GT Taylor, founder and promoter of the event, told Jamaica Observer that there is a significant reduction in artistes.
“I'm focusing on performance this year — quality not quantity,” said Taylor. We have cut the number of artistes down so that the patrons will get a longer performance from their favourite artistes. There will be no more than 25 acts this year,” he added.
Like most live shows in Jamaica, 'Extravaganza' has been known to roll into early morning with weary patrons leaving the venue before seeing the headline acts.
Many of the performers this year are regulars, including Beenie Man, Admiral Tibet, Cocoa Tea, and Sizzla. Sanchez, Half Pint, Singer J and Masicka are among the co-headliners.
True to form, several emerging artistes will be featured, including Real Image, Spotlight and Chronic Law.
Taylor first staged Extravaganza in 2000 at Hendrix Wharf in Black River, St Elizabeth's chief town. What started as a dance transformed into a 'stage show' with reggae/dancehall's biggest names.
The show moved to Independence Park, which hosted it for several years, before switching to Luana Sports Complex and now Crane Sand Bar N Restaurant