• Taylor's Take One: Doctor T Plays Every Key

    July 21, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    The following is the first in our series of rare audio clips of Dr. Billy Taylor, drawn from the WBGO archives, which are part of our celebration of "Doctor T," who would have turned ninety this Sunday. Check wbgo.org/billytaylor for our full tribute page, which includes more clips and our exclusive webcast of Billy Taylor: A Life In Jazz, a new video documentary by Bret Primack.

    Take One: Doctor T Plays Every Key

    One of the many special moments we shared at WBGO with "Doctor T" came in 1988, when when he visited our studios with bassist Victor Gaskin and drummer Bobby Thomas.

    Doctor T Plays Every Key
    Doctor T Plays Every Key

    Taylor was the natural choice to inaugurate the new Steinway grand in our Performance Studio. He chose to play Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia" and his own composition, "I'm In Love With You," and he promised to play every key on the piano, a skill he learned from his mentor, Art Tatum. And so he did - as you can hear for yourself in this clip!

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