The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor

The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor

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Legendary jazz ambassador Dr. Billy Taylor's autobiography spans more than six decades, from the heyday of jazz on 52nd Street in 1940s New York City to CBS Sunday Morning. Taylor fought not only for the recognition of jazz music as "America's classical music" but also for the recognition of black musicians as key contributors to the American music repertoire. Peppered with anecdotes recalling encounters with other jazz legends such as Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and many others, The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor is not only the life story of a jazz musician and spokesman but also a commentary on racism and jazz as a social force.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 226.06 x 276.86 x 17.78mm | 907.18g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Revised Edition
  • 25 b&w illus.
  • 025300909X
  • 9780253009098
  • 1,414,664

Table of contents

Chronology of the Life of William Edward Taylor Jr.

1. Beginnings: 1921-1938
2. College Years: 1938-1942
3. Making Waves: 1943-1946
4. The Subject Is Jazz: 1946-1958
5. From "Tobacco Tags" to the Urban Airwaves: 1959-1968
6. How It Feels to Be Free: 1969-1990
7. Reflections

Selected Publications Authored by Dr. Billy Taylor
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This must-read collaboration weaves not only the story of a highly esteemed jazz great and genre ambassador, but it is also a narrative on racism and the social influence of jazz. * Smooth Jazz News * ...Those of us who had the privilege of hearing him speak will recognize how accurately Reed captures his spirit and his enthusiasm for the music to which he dedicated his life. * NPR * [C]o-author Reed has done an exemlary job of making the story flow in Taylor's own words. * Jazzwise * The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor . . . does his high esteem justice. Without sacrificing the man's integrity, the book captures Dr. Taylor's wide-eyed enthusiasm for jazz and for his missions to further the music's tradition and expand its audience. * JazzTimes * This book (including Dr. Teresa L. Reed's eloquent introduction) captures with great clarity and accuracy the character of this man. Taylor not only always aspired to excellence, he was alsohumble and generous of word and deed. The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor provides the backstory of why he must be remembered as one of the major leading lights of America's classical music. * New York City Jazz Record *
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About Billy Taylor

Dr. Billy Taylor (1921-2010) served as the Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University, Artistic Advisor for Jazz to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Board Member on the National Council for the Arts. A lifelong spokesperson for jazz, he hosted radio shows in New York, on National Public Radio, and became the jazz correspondent on CBS Sunday Morning. With over 23 honorary doctoral degrees, Dr. Billy Taylor is also the recipient of two Peabody Awards, an Emmy, a Grammy and a host of prestigious and highly coveted prizes, such as the National Medal of Arts, the Tiffany Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Downbeat Magazine, and election to the Hall of Fame for the International Association for Jazz Education.

Teresa L. Reed is Director of the School of Music at the University of Tulsa where she teaches music theory and African-American music.
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