Our Band

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Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor grew up in the Southwest (Colorado) and has been playing in bands since he was 14 years old. He developed a keen interested in jazz music after discovering the band Spirit and their album THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER at a friend’s house.

Mark loves to tell the story about the night he nearly knocked Spirit’s drummer Ed Cassidy over while exiting a men’s room during a show intermission at Denver’s famous Ebbett’s Field nightclub. Mark’s exposure to Spirit led to the discovery of artists such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane who have become important influences.

Mark is the principal songwriter for TimeSlip. He began writing songs as a way of staying connected to his adopted home of Tucson Arizona. He now has a large catalog of songs and almost all are situated in the Southwest. Mark’s songs are usually autobiographical though he sometimes writes about real people he has met over the years and the challenges they have faced in their life journeys. Mark plays guitar and sings lead vocals.

Jimmy Valdez

James “Jimmy V” Valdez is an accomplished, bassist who hails from Oxnard, California via Indianapolis, Indiana. Valdez states that he “loves” the Blues and “rockin’ Big Hair Bands” and cites his influences as John Entwhistle, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Buddy Guy; John Paul Jones and of course Jaco and Victor.
Jimmy toured internationally with the Kelly Richey Band from 2005-2012, a power-trio Blues/Rock band fronted by Blues guitar master Kelly Richey, Prior to that he toured in the midwest region with Indianapolis Blues favorite Governor Davis and The Blues Ambassadors from  1996 to 2005. He has also performed with bluesmen like Duke Tumatoe and the late great Pinetop Perkins, singer/song writer Rich Hardesty, and one of Indiana’s premier rock bands Sweet FA. A thorough professional, Jimmy V remains a “first call” bassist for all genres of music.

Jimmy and Mark connected at an impromptu gig at the Tin Comet coffee shop with sax man Guy Holbert in downtown Indianapolis.  Mark eventually talked Jimmy into joining TimeSlip and they’ve been making great music together ever since.

Jimmy V is also team driver and drives a T660 Kenworth semi-truck and trailer all over the U.S. (including regular trips across New Mexico and Arizona) with wife Deanna and dog Pooh.  

Guy Holbert

Guy is a founding member of TimeSlip.  The sound of Guy’s tenor sax is a key part of the band’s sound and identity.  Guy has been a mainstay of the Indianapolis blues and jazz scene for several years.  He can often seen on stage with local blues legend Dwight Edwards.

Frank Loyd

Frank Loyd has long been mainstay of the Indianapolis music scene. He’s played in a number of bands such as Funk Dogs, Panic and most notably, the legendary Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors.  Frank brings an important rhythmic element to TimeSlip that was previously missing in the music.  As the percussionist Frank brings an array of rhythmic possibilities that add a lot of motion and interest to  the music.

Paris Brown

Paris “Thrill Sergeant” Brown is the pulse for Timeslip.  Paris brings over 30 years of drumming experience in a. wide variety of music formats to the music of TimeSlip.  His background includes rock, jazz, rhythm and blues, blues and gospel.  Paris has played in Indianapolis and regional markets with band such as The Jarrell Smith Project, Next Level, Catfish and many others.  Paris has played with the legendary Governor Davis and The Blues Ambassadors and has opened for Buckwheat Zydeco on two dates.  Paris is a US Army veteran who played with several national acts while stationed in Kuwait and Iraq.

TimeSlip had struggled to find the right drummer for the music.  Mark knew the band had found THE drummer when Paris stopped a rehearsal and asked him to repeat a guitar solo line so that he could matchup the melodic pattern with this drums.  It is exceedingly rare to find a drummer who has so much listening energy as Paris outside of jazz.

Nancy Lerch

Nancy has been playing live music in Indiana for a decade or two. Born and raised in suburban Chicago, she cut her musical teeth (such that they are) on a combination of formal classical training, occasional jazz immersion, and a brilliant circle of hilarious bar-band friends who kindly share ideas and support. When not creating music with TimeSlip, Nancy can often be seen onstage with Indianapolis cover bands Soul Street and 5Minutes2Wapner – on keyboards, vocals, and/or alto saxophone. Offstage, Nancy enjoys a peaceful life with her pleasant 9-to-5 day job, her family, her Sweetheart, and one utterly absurd housecat.