“Maybe We’ll Even Listen to the Music”

November 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm 1 comment

Jazz educator Dr. Billy Taylor died in January 2011 at age 89. In this musical essay from Maryland Morning, I reminisce about an encounter with Dr. Taylor that changed the way I listen to music. In this photo, I’m holding Billy Taylor LPs from the WJHU/WYPR jazz collection.


Entry filed under: Arts and culture, Essays and criticism, Public radio.

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  • 1. John Appleton  |  November 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Real nice listening… learning more about jazz… and you, Lawrence.


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