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Billy Taylor dies at 89; jazz pianist, composer and educator
Billy Taylor dies at 89; jazz pianist, composer and educator

Billy Taylor, an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer who became one of the genre's most ardent advocates through radio, television and the landmark Jazzmobile arts venture, has died. He was 89. Taylor died of a heart attack Tuesday in Manhattan, said his wife, Theodora. "He enjoyed his life," she said. "Music was his love." Though he had a noteworthy career as a musician and composer that spanned decades, and played with luminaries such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Taylor probably was best known as a tireless jazz booster, educator and broadcaster. He led the studio orchestra of the NBC show "The Subject Is Jazz" in 1958 and was...

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