Billy Taylor is an American jazz musician. One of jazz’s most influential pianists, composers, and educators, he is currently the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University. He was previously the house pianist at Birdland, where he performed with the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.
In 1958, Taylor was the Musical Director of NBC’s “The Subject Is Jazz”, the first ever television series on the subject of jazz. He has received two Peabody Awards, an Emmy, a Grammy and twenty three honorary doctoral degress. Among his most notable works is “I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free)”. Nina Simone covered the song in her 1967 album “Silk and Soul”.
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