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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Jazz Musician Billy Taylor Turns Eighty-Nine 7/24 2010/07/21

Jazz Musician Billy Taylor Turns Eighty-Nine 7/24 2010/07/21: "Celebrating his eighty-ninth birthday this Saturday July 24th and beginning his seventh decade as a working musician, Billy Taylor remains dedicated to the proposition that Jazz is America's Classical Music. Dr. Taylor, who has spent his entire life as a musician, composer, writer, educator, broadcaster and Jazz advocate, remains active as he plots his course for year 90.

Recent triumphant concerts with his Trio (Chip Jackson, bass and Winard Harper, drums) at Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights in Jazz, and, Jazz at the 92nd Street Y, have served to remind audiences that Billy Taylor still possesses the musical intelligence, piano mastery and depth of spirit that have marked his playing since he first arrived in New York in 1945.

This week, Billy returns to William Patterson University for their 17th Annual Summer Jazz week with a Master Class on Thursday, July 22, and a concert featuring his Trio on July 23. For more concert info, please contact the Shea Center Box Office: 973-720-2371." More...
Mr. Taylor has been one of the most important educators in jazz for over five decades.  This is in addition to being a jazz pianist who has led some very nice ensembles.  I have had the good fortune of seeing him perform many times, especially during the seventies and eighties.

John H. Armwood

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