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Dr. Billy Taylor, a Conversation on Jazz

presents excerpts from four lectures by Billy Taylor -- a noted jazz pianist, historian, and educator. He discussed jazz from its roots in the African-American slavery experience, through the early days of ragtime, and onward through swing, bop, and progressive jazz. Excerpts can be sorted by artist or jazz style. They're organized around questions, such as: Where was jazz born? How did swing become bebop? How is bebop influencing today's jazz artists? (ArtsEdge, Department of Education)

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Interesting Fact:

"[A jazz legend is] someone who has added immeasurably to the growth and development of jazz.... It could be as an artist, or someone like John Hammond, who discovered Bessie Smith...."
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Dr. Billy Taylor

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