Billy Taylor, a name synonymous with Jazzmobile. A legend in the world of jazz and the artistic director of the Kennedy Center. Taylor died of heart failure yesterday at the age 89. Jazzmobile will be celebrating the 90th birthday of Dr. Taylor next year.
Dr. Taylor wrote more than 300 compositions. They ranged in scope and style from “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free,” a simple 16-bar gospel tune written with Dick Dallas that became one of the unofficial anthems of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, to the ambitious “Suite for Jazz Piano and Orchestra” (1973).
Read more about the life and legacy of Billy Taylor in the New York Times
- Jazz Great Billy Taylor Dies at 89 (theroot.com)