This year marks the centennial of musical educator Dr. Billy Taylor, along with the 50th anniversary of NPR. This episode of Jazz Night in America hosted by Christian McBride celebrates that legacy with a look at his multifaceted career, his musical philosophy and the imprint he left on the cultural scene.
Dr. Taylor made his most lasting contribution as a spokesman for the art form — indelibly coining the phrase "America's classical music" and going on to spread its message on National Public Radio, on CBS Sunday Morning and through the educational organization Jazzmobile.
The following songs were composed by Dr. Billy Taylor and were pulled from the album: Taylor Made At The Kennedy Center.
- "Birdwatcher" featuring Billy Taylor, piano; Terence Blanchard, trumpet; Stanley Turrentine, saxophone; Russell Malone, guitar; Stefon Harris, vibraphone; Chip Jackson, bass; Winard Harper, drums
- "Theodora" featuring Billy Taylor, piano; Russell Malone, guitar; Chip Jackson, bass; Winard Harper, drums
- "Suite for Jazz Piano and Orchestra" featuring Billy Taylor, piano; Chip Jackson, bass; Winard Harper, drums