Referred to by critic Leonard Feather as "the world's foremost spokesman for jazz", Dr. Billy Taylor regarded jazz as "America's classical music" and was famous for touting it as the ultimate indigenous American art form.
He was a classically trained composer and pianist, who taught millions about the value of the music he prized so highly. In this video, he talks about jazz performance as a democratic process and the connection between head, heart and hands as a vehicle for artistic expression on the piano.
You'll glean many revealing insights from Dr. Taylor, including:
- What lead him to become a jazz musician
- The correlation between discipline and creativity
- The sources of Dr. Taylor's inspiration
- Teaching children that jazz isn't aimless rambling
There's much more to interest and delight you throughout this video, in which Billy Taylor demonstrates his innovative technique and style.