Adapted from Dr. Billy Taylor's National Public Radio's 26-part series "Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center." In each show of the series, recorded live at the Kennedy center, Taylor leads a performance, demonstration and discussion of jazz music and is joined by a notable guest artist.
This book traces the history of jazz piano and includes many photos, musical notations, first person stories and more. Chapters include:
African Roots Early Jazz Blues-Boogie Ragtime-Stride Urban Blues Swing and Prebop Bebop Cool Hard Bop, Progressive Jazz, Funky Jazz, the Third Stream Post-Bop and Neo Gosple Abstract Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Modal Jazz, Electronic Jazz, Fusion
About the Author
Billy Taylor (July 24, 1921 – December 28, 2010) was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator. He was the artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
A jazz activist, Taylor sat on the Honorary Founders Board of The The Jazz Foundation of America, an organization he started in 1989, with Ann Ruckert, Herb Storfer and Phoebe Jacobs, to save the homes and the lives of America's elderly jazz and blues musicians, later including musicians who survived Hurricane Katrina.
Taylor was also a jazz educator, who lectured in colleges, served on panels and travelled worldwide as a jazz ambassador. Critic Leonard Feather once said, "It is almost indisputable that Dr. Billy Taylor is the world's foremost spokesman for jazz."