タグ別アーカイブ: Billy Taylor

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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.

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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.

http://www.billytaylorjazz.com/bio.php

 

 

 

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May 14.2016

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I quoted precious interview from JazzWax.[April 9, 2009]

In August 1950, he played at a famous Apollo Theater concert with Stan Getz and Charlie Parker.

It was the first time Bird played a live concert with strings.

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Monte Kay who was Birdland’s manager heard his performance at Apollo Theater.

Then Monte Kay hired him as house pianist.

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In 1951 he played in a group at Birdland that included Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane.

About John Coltrane he said:

”Coltrane was quiet. One of the things he talked to me about was Art Tatum. He wanted to know everything about him. He was very excited about Art’s technique. “How does he do that,” Trane said. “It sounds like a glissando.””

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In September 1951, he played with Miles Davis.

About Miles Davis he said:

”Miles was strange. I had met him on 52nd St. when he was playing with Bird. He was scuffling with those charts, replacing Diz and stuff like that. It must have been driving him crazy. He really didn’t have the chops for that. He was a nice young man but he was really turned around because he was frustrated. He couldn’t keep up.”

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I quoted precious interview from JazzWax.[April 7〜8, 2009]

By 1943 he arrived in New York.

He went to Minton’s, where was in Harlem on 118th Street.

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One night he sat around all night, from 9 pm to 2:45 am.

When he got his play on the last set,Ben Webster was standing right in front of him.

Ben was pleased with his piano,and he was told to come to Three Deuces.

After several months he left Ben’ group,and played with violinist and bandleader Eddie South.

In the fall of 1945 he played with legendary drummer Big Sid Catlett.

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In 1946 he joined Don Redman’s band and toured Europe.

This tour was one of the earliest tours after the war.

Don Byas decided to settle permanently in Europe by this tour.

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Returning from Europe in 1947, he became Art Tatum’s protege.

About remembering Art’s personal life,

he said:”Art was an interesting guy.He loved jazz and classical music.

He listened to a lot of different things.

There was aradio program on at 10 in the morning that featured great classical pianists.

I’d bring him home to the hotel in midtown where he stayed after he played all night.

Nightclubs closed at 4 am then. By the time we went somewhere to catch a bite or hit an after hours club, it was 8 am.

I’d bring him up to his room, and he always wanted to listen to this radio program of solo classical pianists like [Vladimir] Horowitz.”

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May 12.2016

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I quoted precious interview from JazzWax.[April 06, 2009]

He listened many jazz records by Wallace Conway, who was his friend and lived nearby.

Wallace Conway’s father painted movie posters for all the black theaters in our neighborhood.

Wallace Conway’s father and Duke Ellington had gone to school together as art students when they were teenagers.

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Therefore it seems that he became to like Duke Ellington.

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His house was so close to famous ‘The Howard Theater’ in Washington, D.C.

He said:

”Many of the other big-name bands had come into the Howard once or twice before Duke came for the first time. So when he played there, it was a really big deal. His music was so different from everything else you heard. And everything about Duke was special. I remember standing outside and watching the guys in his band.’’

Fats Waller was his idols.

He deeply regretted not having talked to Fats Waller.

He said:

”As I’m standing backstage, Fats passed by with his entourage, and I just stared at him. I didn’t have nerve enough to say anything. […]
Fats went around the corner on U Street to a hamburger place. I came in soon after and took a seat as close as I could but far enough not to be noticed. I just sat and listen to him tell some stories. Then he and his group got up and left. And I hadn’t said a word. ”

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May 10.2016

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Recently, I’m reading a book on jazz, which was written in English.

I have to study hard for my poor English.

Fortunately I found a good writer about jazz history.

The writer’s name is Billy Taylor.

This week I will post about his achievement.

He was born July 24, 1921,died December 28, 2010.

Since 1944, he got his start with Ben Webster’s Quartet on New York’s famed 52nd Street.

He then served as the house pianist at Birdland, the legendary jazz club where he performed with such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.

Billy Taylor was the most influential jazz musicians of the twentieth century.

Also he had received his Masters and Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts.

He was called ‘Dr. Taylor’.

He was on the Honorary Founders Board of The Jazz Foundation of America from 1989.

http://www.jazzfoundation.org