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Billy Taylor Sr.

b, 1906-1986 US, Washington, D.C.
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. William Taylor Sr.

William Taylor Sr. (April 3, 1906 – September 2, 1986) was an American jazz bassist. He was born Washington, D.C. and died in Fairfax, Virginia.Taylor began playing tuba but later picked up bass alongside it. After moving to New York City in 1924, he played with Elmer Snowden (1925), Willie Gant and Arthur Gibbs (1926), Charlie Johnson (1927–29, 1932–33), Duke Ellington (1928), McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1929–31), Fats Waller (1934), and Fletcher Henderson. He recorded with Jelly-Roll Morton on three sessions in 1930. From 1935 to 1940 he again played with Ellington, and it is for this association that he is best known; he often played with a second bassist in the orchestra, at times Hayes Alvis or Jimmie Blanton. During that time he also recorded with Cootie Williams and Johnny Hodges. In

  • Bass
  • Double bass
  • Tuba
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Pop
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Solid Old Man on Harmonica Fantaisie by Trio Raisner

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Band Members
Title Artist Year Type
The EllingtoniansRex Stewart / Billy Taylor Sr. / Barney Bigard / Juan Tizol1990Compil.
In The Shade Of The Old Appletree / Tunke BluesMaurice Rocco And His Rockin' Rhythm With Cozy Cole And Billy Taylor Sr.1945Album
Strictly Drums / Why RegretCozy Cole And His Quintette / Cozy Cole, Don Byas, Tiny Grimes, Billy Taylor, Billy Taylor Sr.1945Album
Begin The Beguine / St. Louis BluesMaurice Rocco And His Rockin' Rhythm With Cozy Cole And Billy Taylor Sr.1945Album
Now's The Time / Night WindCozy Cole And Don Byas, Tiny Grimes, Billy Taylor, Billy Taylor Sr.Album
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