RIP Billy Taylor

31 Dec

In memory of jazz ambassador Billy Taylor, who died this week at age 89. A connection to the genre’s earliest days — worked with Ben Webster when he came to New York in 1943, protegee of Art Tatum. Voice of the music on NPR and TV, and started the Jazzmobile. Also wrote more than 300 compositions and earned a doctorate in music education. “His greatest asset is a sense of jazz as entertainment,” said a critic.

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