Brought to you by
Billy Taylor
Billy Taylor (AP Photo)

Billy Taylor

This Guest Book will remain online permanently.
Add a message to the Guest Book
If you need help finding the right words, view our suggested entries for ideas.

Back to Personal Message


Add a photo to your message (optional)
Preview Entry
December 26, 2014
Cancel

Please don't submit copyrighted work; original poems, songs or prayers welcomed.

Legacy.com reviews all Guest Book entries to ensure appropriate content. Our staff does not correct grammar or spelling. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use
Select up to 10 photos to add to the photo gallery.

Select a candle
*Please select a candle
Preview Entry
December 26, 2014
Cancel

Please don't submit copyrighted work; original poems, songs or prayers welcomed.

Legacy.com reviews all Guest Book entries to ensure appropriate content. Our staff does not correct grammar or spelling. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use
January 04, 2011
I saw Dr. Taylor when he came to Peoria to play with Ramsey Lewis. He was a last minute sub, but he was better than anyone else could have been. My mom, dad, husband and I were true Dr. Taylor fans.
January 04, 2011
A true gentleman and a class act. I will miss hearing his music and his insightful commentary. May he rest in peace.
January 04, 2011
mydeepestsorrowatthistimeforthelossofbilly
taylor.ourfriendshipbeganabout50yearsago
whenmyhusbandCharlieSmithwashisdrummerbefohisdeath.somanymemoriesnotenoughtimetowritthemall.hewasoneofakindandIwillneverforgethim Eloise Smith
January 04, 2011
Dear Taylor Family,
We were so very sorrow to read of your loss in the newspaper. May the God of all comfort and tender mercies comfort you and your family during your time of sorrow.
2nd Corinthians1:3
January 04, 2011
Dr. Billy Taylor was very giving of his time. When I was in Hunter College he was our special dinner guest in the Home Ec. apartment when Jackie Kennedy couldn't come. He played "The Barefoot Contessa" for one of my dance recitals.

I am glad to have known such a talented person.

Many thanks to his family for sharing him with us.

His talents will never pass away.
January 03, 2011
He was such a gentleman. My favorite song is "I wish I knew how it felt to be Free"

Lawrence Isaac
January 03, 2011
He was a delight every time I saw him.
January 02, 2011
I remember listening to Dr. Taylor on the radio when I was very young; perhaps six or seven years old. He was on WLIB AM, which was a "day timer", meaning that they ceased broadcasting when the sun went down. I remembered looking forward to spring, not only because of the warm weather, but because, it meant that I could spend an extra thirty or forty-five minutes listening to his show. It is largely because of Dr. Taylor that I have come to love Jazz the way that I do; not to mention the many evenings that I spent listening to legends on the Jazzmobile, which he founded.

My deepest sympathies go out to the family of this visionary.
January 02, 2011
Not only was Billy Taylor one of the moat talented jazz artists and mdia spokesmen for the entire genre of jazz, I believe he was one of the most universally loved and respected men in the world!
Billy , we love you, and you will always be with us.
Nanci Callahan, producer and journalist
212 496-2030
January 02, 2011
Dr. Billy lived and breathed this great American art form to the fullest. We will forever thank him for enriching our lives through his music, and with his insight. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and of course, his fans.
RIP, brother Bill.

View Photo Gallery

Ramsey Lewis and Billy Taylor 1990 "The Piano Style" Billy Taylor lives on forever. Dr. Billy Taylor at Center Moriches H.S. in 1989

©2014 Legacy.com. All rights reserved. Guest Book entries are free and are posted after being reviewed for appropriate content. If you find an entry containing inappropriate material, please contact us.