Billy Taylor  

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Billy Taylor (July 24, 1921 - December 28, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He was the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville. Since 1994, Taylor was the artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.


As leader

  • 1945: Billy Taylor Piano (Savoy)
  • 1954: Cross-Section
  • 1956: Cross Section (Prestige)
  • 1957: My Fair Lady Loves (GRP)
  • 1959: Warming Up (Riverside)
  • 1959: Billy Uptown (Riverside)
  • 1959: Billy Taylor with Four Flutes (Riverside, with Herbie Mann, Jerome Richardson, Frank Wess)
  • 1962: Impromptu Mercury
  • 1977: Live at Storyville West 54
  • 1985: You Tempt Me (Taylor-Made)
  • 1988: White Nights And Jazz In Leningrad (Taylor-Made)
  • 1988: Solo (Taylor-Made)
  • 1989: Billy Taylor And The Jazzmobile All Stars (Taylor-Made)
  • 1991: White Nights and Jazz in Leningrad (Taylor-Made)
  • 1992: Dr. T (GRP) with Gerry Mulligan
  • 1992: Solo (Taylor-Made)
  • 1993: Live at MCG
  • 1993: Dr. T (GRP)
  • 1997: The Music Keeps Us Young (Arkadia Jazz, with Chip Jackson, Steve Johns)
  • 1998: Ten Fingers - One Voice Arkadia Jazz
  • 1999: Taylor Made at the Kennedy Center with Dee Dee Bridgewater Kennedy Center Jazz

As sideman

With Arkadia Jazz All Stars

  • Thank You, Duke!

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