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Billy Taylor and Gerry Mulligan: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

The typical jazz listener easily tires of hearing standards covered by newer artists. However, it's occasionally good to hear the masters revisit some of these old compositions--a way of staying connected. Jazz legends Billy Taylor and Gerry Mulligan have done that with Live at MCG. The Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is a non-profit organization in Pittsburgh, USA whose mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz. In doing so, MCG brings in artists such as Taylor and Mulligan to entertain and ...

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Billy Taylor and Gerry Mulligan: Live at MCG

Read "Live at MCG" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Dr. Billy Taylor has spent so much of the latter part of his nearly sixty-year career in jazz as an educator and broadcaster that it's easy to forget what a brilliant pianist he is. This splendid 1993 date, billed as his first-ever performance with the late baritone sax legend Gerry Mulligan, should serve as a reminder of Taylor's often overlooked talents--as well as a valuable addition to Mulligan's legacy. The album features the two veterans, Taylor, then ...

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Billy Taylor: Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center

Read "Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center" reviewed by Jim Santella

Dr. Billy Taylor and friends begin this concert performance compilation with homage to early bebop as Terence Blanchard recalls the loose, pioneering spirit of Diz and Stanley Turrentine does his best to interpret Bird's spirit in his own way. Russell Malone and Stefon Harris broaden the scope, turning Taylor's idea into a thrilling jam session that presents Jazz at the Kennedy Center with open ears and smiling faces. Tradition has been served.

Performed and recorded between 1999 and ...

BOOK EXCERPTS

"Bebop" from Taylor Made Piano

Read ""Bebop" from Taylor Made Piano" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Billy Taylor Chapter 9: Bebop Originally published in 1982, this book is an invaluable and popular resource for both music students and professional musicians alike. Billy Taylor conveys the history and development of America's classical music, jazz, through a unique perspective--that of practicing musician, jazz pianist and educator. This excerpt is taken from the chapter on Bebop.

Bebop was the next step in the evolution of Jazz. The most musically complex ...

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Billy Taylor: Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center

Read "Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

A tribute to the retiring Dr. Billy Taylor, Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center documents the artist's performance career at the Kennedy Center and presents him in the context he loved best--on stage and sharing his love of jazz by not only performing his own music, but also bringing to the audience some of jazz's greatest contemporary voices.

Culled from several years' worth of live recordings at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, the album presents nine tracks, each an original ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Final Notes: Dr. Billy Taylor Retires from Concert Performance

Read "Final Notes:  Dr. Billy Taylor Retires from Concert Performance" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Educator, ambassador, author, composer, and master pianist, Dr. Billy Taylor ended his concert career last Thursday night, concluding over sixty years as one of jazz's greatest emissaries with a rousing performance at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater by his trio and guest John Faddis. Billy Taylor's career has spanned the entirety of modern jazz, and his efforts have touched countless listeners and students, and helped to establish the careers of many of today's most notable voices. He ...

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Billy Taylor: A Comma - Not a Period

Read "Billy Taylor: A Comma - Not a Period" reviewed by Erik R. Quick

The second and last set of pianist Billy Taylor's final public performances on March 31, 2005, was an emotional experience for many reasons. Although Taylor was born in North Carolina, Washington, DC was his home from the age of five, until he graduated Virginia State University. At the age of thirteen, Taylor played his first professional date at The Republic Gardens, a small club on the historic “U Street corridor of Washington, which contained many since closed venues (The Republic ...


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