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Billy Taylor


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 52nd Street


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Slightly Latin Set, Wilbur Ware at 100, and the Wailin' Mailman from DC

Read "A Slightly Latin Set, Wilbur Ware at 100, and the Wailin' Mailman from DC" reviewed by David Brown

This week we kick things off with a slightly Latin set with Roland Kirk, Aymee Nuviola, Tito Puente and Michel Camilo. Then three pieces of silver from Horace Silver move into a birthday tribute set to bassist Wilbur Ware. Coming home from the DC Jazz fest had me listening to DC artists such as Ellington and ...


Article: Interview

Leo Sidran: Conversation Artist

Read "Leo Sidran: Conversation Artist" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For music lovers, listening to music is often not only about the music. An album is much more than a vessel of beautiful chords, notes and lyrics. It offers mission statements, “how to" manuals, and blueprints for life strategies. Each song a trap-door it is impossible not to sneak into, in search for insights on how ...


Article: Album Review

Tim Ray Trio: Fire & Rain

Read "Fire & Rain" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Boston-based pianist Tim Ray and his rhythm mates, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Mark Walker, have been performing together since 2013, and Fire & Rain is their second recording as a trio. Their years working arm-in-arm and side-by-side have spawned a symbiotic relationship, and it shows. Even when the trio tests the free-jazz ...


Article: Interview

Talkin' Square Biz with Arkadia Prez Bob Karcy

Read "Talkin' Square Biz with Arkadia Prez Bob Karcy" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in October 1997. This past June, Bob Karcy, President and Founder of the award-winning V.I.E.W. Video company, announced the signings of Dave Liebman, Benny Golson and Billy Taylor to his newly-formed Arkadia Entertainment Corporation. “Just what the world needs, another jazz record label," ...


Article: Album Review

Isaiah J. Thompson: The Power of the Spirit

Read "The Power of the Spirit" reviewed by Neil Duggan

Isaiah J. Thompson is one of the leading pianists of his generation. In 2023, 25-year-old has a background that is already hugely impressive. This includes his debut album as a leader, Isaiah J. Thompson Plays the Music of Buddy Montgomery (WJ3), in 2020. His accolades have included earning the 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, second ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Roscoe Mitchell Trio & Orchestra, Christian McBride New Jawn, and more

Read "Roscoe Mitchell Trio & Orchestra, Christian McBride New Jawn, and more" reviewed by David Brown

This week, one of the great innovators in creative music, saxophonist/composer Roscoe Mitchell will be featured. I've been enjoying Mitchell's reworking of trio improvisations as transcribed for orchestra. We'll also check out Prime the new release from bassist Christen McBride's New Jawn. Plus, new works and recent finds. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from ...


Music Keeps Us Young

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Wouldn’t It Be Loverly; Lover Come Back; I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free; Body and Soul; One for The Woofer; Ballade; Naima; Up Jumped Spring; Caravan; Interlude; Arkadia Blues.


Thank You, Duke!

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; In a Sentimental Mood; Day Dream; Sophisticated Lady; Isfahan; In a Sentimental Mood; Chromatic Love Affair; Mood Indigo; Come Sunday; The Feeling of Jazz.


Magic Moments

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Naima, Sad To Say, Heaven’s Gift, Dance of the Nile, Você, Nature Boy, Isfahan, A Night In Tunisia, Popsicle Illusion, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore


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