JAZZ 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.
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