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July 24, 1921 - December 28, 2010


A Billy Taylor performs his original "CAG" with his trio live in 2001.

Personnel:

Billy Taylor, piano
Chip Jackson, bass
Steve Johns, drums

Pianist and educator, Billy Taylor spent his life elaborating on the jazz genre playing everything from rearranged Ellington tunes, to classic Jelly Roll Morton compositions.

A devoted activist he held a position one of the honorary founders of the "Jazz Foundation of America."

A multi-instrumentalist, though best known as a pianist he benefited a great deal from lessons with Henry Grant, who had instructed Duke Ellington.

Relocating to Washington D.C. in 1944 he first played professionally with the quartet of Ben Webster.

Starting in the 1960s his teaching pursuits made him a popular and radio personality, enlightening a new generation via the air waves.



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