Life and career
Saylor was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to musical parents. His mother Paula and father Nevin are music teachers for Purchase Line and Indiana Area School Districts respectively. He began playing drums at age three and was in a jazz trio called Paj 3 with bassist Phil Kuehn (a fellow Indiana native) and pianist Angelo Versace throughout high school.
Saylor plays percussion in Jonathan Batiste's Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He also performs at various jazz clubs, festivals, and venues around the world. He has conducted jazz workshops at various educational institutions including the prestigious Stanford University. He has performed at such places as the Howard Theater, the White House, Lincoln Center, Rockwood Music Hall, Webster Hall, and the Great GoogaMooga. He has performed or recorded with Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Dwayne Dolphin, Steve Wilson, Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, and Ellis Marsalis.
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