Billy Taylor(5)

May 15.2016

Billy began recording with his own group during the early 1950’s for such labels as Prestige, Riverside, ABC Paramount, Impulse!, Sesac, Mercury and Capitol Records.

He has also composed over three hundred and fifty songs, including “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free,” as well as works for dance and symphony orchestras.

Then he began writing about jazz and giving lectures/clinics to music teachers interested in teaching jazz.

In addition he appeared regularly on radio and television.


Photo above of Leonard Feather

Critic Leonard Feather once said, “It is almost indisputable that Dr. Billy Taylor is the world’s foremost spokesman for jazz.”

Dr. Taylor had a long career at National Public Radio, first as the host of “Jazz Alive” in the late 1970s.

Then “Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center” from 1994 to 2002.

He was the artistic director for jazz at the JFK Center for many years.

About his achievement,please refer to his Official Website.




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