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The Year ’04 in Review: Highs and Lows

Wynton Marsalis
Jamie Foxx as Ray
Maria Schneider
Hiromi featured in Kirin Malt Squash Advertisement
Alice Coltrane
Alice Coltrane (photo: Jeff Dunas)
Bad Plus
Peter Cincotti
Jamie Cullum
Count Basie
Toyota Trumpets Robot
Toyota Trumpets Robot
National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters
Albert Ayler at 12
Wynton Marsalis at JALC Grand Opening
James Williams
Wynton Marsalis
Lucille and Sonny Rollins
Elvin Jones
Ray Charles
Steve Lacy

A Graceful Exit

Dr. Billy Taylor is nearly fully recovered from a stroke, but not wanting to perform at anything less than his best the pianist decided to retire as a live performer. Always a class act, and one of the music’s most prolific performers, Taylor has been overshadowed as a pianist by his work in the media and education. But Taylor was there on 52nd Street when bebop was born, and he never stopped growing as a musician. Kudos to one of jazz’s greatest champions for setting the highest standard for himself-and for all of us.

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