Billy Taylor: 88 Years, 88 Keys, 88 Videos
Dr. Billy Taylor at the piano.
Dr. Billy Taylor, who turns eighty eight on July 24th, celebrates this milestone with the posting of eighty eight videos on his website.
For the past six years, Billy has been working closely with web jazz video maven Bret Primack to digitize his video archives. Bret has been posting the video on his YouTube Jazz Video Guy channel, as well on Billy’s website. The video player on Billy’s home page now features eighty-eight different videos documenting his remarkable career.
Reaction to these postings on YouTube, where Dr. Taylor’s videos have
garnered nearly one and half million views and has been “overwhelmingly enthusiastic,” reports Primack. “There is a growing global audience for web video and posting this documentation of Billy’s long and very productive career has enabled new listners, all over the planet, to learn about Jazz from a true Master.”
Just for starters, check out this fantastic video of Dr. Billy Taylor and Ramsey Lewis dueting on “I’ve Got Rhythm.”