Billy Taylor encompassed that rare combination of
creativity, intelligence, vision, commitment and
leadership, qualities that made him one of our most
cherished national treasures.
The distinguished ambassador of the jazz community to
the world-at-large, Dr. Billy Taylor's recording career
spans nearly six decades. 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
theatre, dance and symphony orchestras.
Playing the piano professionally since 1944, he got his
start with Ben Webster's Quartet on New York's famed