Billy Taylor, jazz musician and advocate, dies at 89
Billy Taylor, a jazz pianist and composer who became one of jazz's most ardent promoters through radio, television and the landmark Jazzmobile arts venture, died Tuesday night in New York of a heart attack, according to his wife, Theodora Taylor. He was 89.
Though he had a noteworthy career as a musician, Billy Taylor was probably best known as a jazz advocate.
He was the first African American to lead a television studio orchestra in the 1950s. He founded Jazzmobile in the 1960s to take free music to the urban masses. He was host of a popular jazz show on National Public Radio. And he profiled musicians for CBS' "Sunday Morning" show.
William Taylor was born July 24, 1921, in Greensville, N.C.
-- Associated Press
Photo: Billy Taylor in 2006. Credit: Evan Agostini / Getty Images