Friday, December 31, 2010

In memoriam: Billy Taylor Dies of Heart Attack at age 89

Billy Taylor Jazz pianist
b; July 24th 1924 Greenville, N.C.
d; Dec. 29th N.Y.C.
Billy Taylor was the first African-American to lead a television studio orchestra in the 1950s, hosting the series “The Subject Is Jazz.”
In the 1960s he helped start up 'Jazzmobile', which brought free music to inner New York City neighborhoods on a mobile float.
Billy Taylor hosted a jazz show on National Public Radio from 1977 to 1982.

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