Billy Taylor – American Hero

This week I am posting video interviews from JazzVideoGuy himself, Bret Primack. Check out his channel on YouTube, there is so much to watch, you’ll get lost.

Here is a really cool half-hour interview and bio of pianist, composer, and educator Billy Taylor. Produced and directed by Bret Primack in 2011 for a Billy Taylor Celebration at Jazz in July (the UMass Summer camp Taylor founded) the film includes interviews with Billy, Jon Faddis, Kim Taylor Thompson and Alan Bergman, as well as rare performance footage of Billy with Duke Ellington and Willie “the Lion” Smith on the David Frost Show, and, Billy’s acting debut on the CBS Television Program, See It Now, in 1952, when he portrayed Jelly Roll Morton.

— Peter Blasevick