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Billy Taylor (AP Photo)
Billy Taylor (AP Photo)

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December 28, 2017 "It is my hope that all affected by his loss receive comfort from God. He provides peace of mind and heart and hope. Phillipians 4:6,7"
February 28, 2017 "Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever." - (Ellenwood, GA)
December 28, 2015 "Taylor Family,
We are sorry for your loss. Look forward to the day when we all can say, "Death where is your victory? Death where is your sting." (1 Corinthians 15:54) As you await that glorious day, keep yourselves in God's love." - Long Family (Atlanta, GA)
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." - victor checketts (salt lake city, UT)
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" - Deborah Campbell (Amherst, MA)
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Obituary for Billy Taylor
NEW YORK (AP) - A jazz pianist and composer who became one of the music form's most ardent promoters through radio, television and the landmark...
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