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August 22, 2013
My deepest condolences go to the family of that great promoter of this wonderful jazz music. Dr. Billy Taylor. I saw him and his trio when they came to the jazz at the Hilton series. His radio program on NPR was so awesome. I can just imagine the great jam session that is taking place in heaven right now. I have no doubt that Dr. T is swinging with the other greats. R.I.P Dr. T I am so glad we will always have your great music to remember you by.
February 15, 2011
To the Taylor family,
Dr. Taylor inspired, encouraged, and mentored thousands of students in the Jazz in July program each summer at the University of Massachusetts, where my daughter and I were blessed with opportunities to meet and learn from him. In each moment of conversation and learning, he exemplified the values that I cherish most - kindness, integrity, humility, respect, and love.
His teachings and example fan out to each person who learns of him. I know that many of my students, young children who loved to sing "I Wish I Knew How...." will never forget that song. They, in turn, will sing the song to others, and Billy's spirit will continue to thrive.
As family is forever, Billy's continued life in each person that he touched is forever.
One personal story - around the time I met him, my mom was suffering from strokes. I was amazed when he told of having had a stroke and "re-learning" to play the piano. I must have asked him about the individual effects of his stroke; I will always remember his reply -"Well, it wasn't the biggest stroke, but it was more stroke than I wanted."
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers, and will continue to be, in the weeks and months to come.

With deepest sympathy,
Deborah J. Campbell
January 11, 2011
Elegant is how I would attempt to describe Dr. Billy Taylor, as a compassionate person, an inspired mentor and a musician who summarized the art of music through performance, composition and teaching. I had the honor of having my Teachers College Columbia University SPIRIT Improv ensemble perform with him as well as savoring his authenticity as he visited my Jazz classes at the College. To Theodora, Kim and the family, we mourn this great loss with you.
Our concert in May will pay tribute to this creator and custodian of "America's Classical Music".
Dr. Bert Konowitz, Professor, Teachers College Columbia University.
January 10, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Taylor's passing. As a former music student in the 70's at Virginia Commonwealth University I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Taylor on one of his visits to Richmond, VA. His lecture was to a small number of students so we got to experience his lecture & demonstration up close. It was great! My condolences to family and friends. God bless.
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