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Dr. Billy Taylor Steps Out of Retirement for One-Off Concert

Dr. Billy Taylor, what are you doing? The good man retired from performing in March 2005, though continued to keep busy with his roles as artistic director for jazz at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and his artist-in-residence position at the University of Massachusetts. And now he’s even stepped out of retirement to perform this Saturday in Chicago.

The evening will include the premiere of Michael Philip Mossman’s big band arrangement of Taylor’s “Diz,” written for Taylor’s appearance with Dizzy Gillespie on Sesame Street, and a new arrangement of “Take the ‘A’ Train,” written by Frank Foster for Taylor.

The Doctor will make his debut with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Rubloff Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for Columbia College Chicago students, $12 for other students and $40 for the general public. Tickets are available online at and more information is available at the CJE’s website.

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