Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dr. Billy Taylor, Jazz Pianist, Dies

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Dr. Billy Taylor, Jazz Pianist, Dies
Pianist also hosted various radio and TV shows
By Lee Mergner of JazzTimes

Dr. Billy Taylor, a jazz pianist who was there at 52nd Street for the birth of bebop and modern jazz and who went on to become a long career as both musician and radio/TV broadaster, died on Tuesday, December 28 in Riverdale, New York. According to his daughter Kim Taylor Thompson, the cause of death was a heart attack. Dr. Taylor had been ailing with heart and circulatory issues over the last 3 months. He was 89 years old. The death was confirmed by the Kennedy Center, where Taylor had been an artistic director of jazz for many years.

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