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Wall of Fame to Induct Dr. Billy Taylor

The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) will induct Dr. Billy Taylor (pictured left) to the Jazz Wall of Fame on June 13. Previous inductees include Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker and Stan Getz.

Taylor, best known as a TV personality from his appearances on CBS Sunday Morning, made recordings with a variety of jazz musicians and began his own publishing company, Duane Music Inc., in the 1950s. Over the years, Taylor has worked as a spokesperson for jazz, increasing its popularity through the use of television and radio. His work includes profiles of jazz artists on CBS Sunday Morning, founding and serving as director of NPR’s Jazz Alive, and hosting his own jazz piano show on the Bravo channel. His awards include two Peabodys, an Emmy and the NEA’s Jazz Masters Fellowship. In addition, Taylor has written over 300 original compositions and the book Jazz Piano: A Jazz History.

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