Billy Taylor Dead: Jazz Lenend Billy Taylor Dies at 89

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Billy TaylorJAZZ legend Billy Taylor has died.

The musician passed away after suffering a heart attack this past Tuesday, December 28, 2010, at the age of 89.

Taylor most recently served as the Artistic Director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  He filled that role for 16 years; he also had a longstanding career with NPR where he hosted several radio broadcasts including Jazz Alive! and Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center.

Taylor had a career that spanned nearly 70 years. He collaborated with almost every significant performer in jazz, from Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker to Wynton Marsalis, but he had an even rarer gift for explaining his music and drawing people to it.



  • Eric Andre’ Majied

    I’m saddened by the loss of this magnificent Artist. I learned today that Mr. Taylor was a long time fellow member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.. As He will be missed, his contributions to the performing Arts will live On….

  • Arianna

    The spirit of Mr. Taylor will be repected over time as an outstanding and distinguished musical genius! I loved to listen to his radio jazz programs… his voice lives on in our hearts as a great educator and a true music contributor! Simply – the BEST!!!