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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.
January 09, 2011
I extend my sympathy to the Taylor Family. Dr. Taylor did much to educate America and the world about Jazz. He will be long remembered for his appearances on the CBS Sunday Morning show. Dr. Taylor made a positive difference during his life. We were blessed to have had him during our time.
January 06, 2011
I will always remember the moments I had with Dr. Taylor at his neice's house in Baltimore some years ago. I will always cherish his music and dedication to the cause. Cassandra Griffen, Photojournalist
January 06, 2011
Dear Teddi and Family- I just learned of Billy's passing. please accept my deep and sincere condolences. He was a true legend and for many good reasons. Our generation is passing the torch and much remains to be done. In sorrow and community, Patricia Leo Holloman ( Mrs. John L.S. Holloman, Jr.)
January 05, 2011
Condolences to the Taylor family. Kim, your dad was a musical genius loved and admired by many. What a legacy in our lifetime! God bless you.
Stephanie Berry Collier,
Missouri City, TX
January 04, 2011
Heartfelt prayers to the Taylor Family. Dr. Taylor's gift was a true blessing to everyone and his legacy is eternal. Rest in God's peace... the ultimate freedom.
January 04, 2011
My prayers go out to Mrs. Theodora Taylor and family. Dr. Billy was such an inspiration to me. I remember hearing him play "I wish I knew how it would feel to be free" on the radio in Philly as I was growing up. We were poor but my mom bought his album. I also bought the sheet music and taught myself how to play this song almost wearing the grooves off the vinyl record. Even though I never met Dr. Taylor he has been with me throughout my life. He has been a quiet, talented force spurring so many on. As I play the beginning and ending of my favorite song I thank God that He gave us Dr. Taylor and that you and your family shared him with us. The world is so much richer for having had his talent. The scent of the rose is enhanced as the tears we shed fall on its petals. Dr. Taylor will always be dear to my heart.
Sincerely, Avis A. Shaw (Morrow, GA)

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