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 the 1940s he played with Coleman Hawkins (1940), Red Allen (1940–41), Joe Sullivan (1942), Raymond Scott (1942–43), Cootie Williams (1944), Barney Bigard (1944–45), Benny Morton (1945), and Cozy Cole (1945). Later in the decade he played freelance in New York before moving back to Washington, D.C. in 1949. He led his own ensemble for Keynote Records in 1944.
Birth and Death Data: Born April 3rd, 1906 (Washington, D.C.), Died September 2nd, 1986 (Fairfax)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1954
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, string bass, leader, tuba, composer
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 123 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||70030||10-in.||12/10/1941||Harlem gin blues||Ruby Smith||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||70031||10-in.||12/10/1941||My name is Jim||Jack Meredith||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||70032||10-in.||12/10/1941||Match box blues||Jack Meredith||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73786||1/24/1947||Guilty||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||73787||1/24/1947||Sentimental journey||Ella Fitzgerald||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75523||11/25/1949||The worst is yet to come||Cecil Payne Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75524||11/25/1949||Angel child||Cecil Payne Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75525||11/25/1949||Block buster boogie||Cecil Payne Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75526||11/25/1949||Ham hocks||Cecil Payne Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75721||1/18/1950||All ears||Billy Taylor Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75722||1/18/1950||My heart stood still||Billy Taylor Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75723||1/18/1950||Darn that dream||Billy Taylor Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||75724||1/18/1950||Double duty||Billy Taylor Trio||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||76662||7/19/1950||Three little words||Bill Darnell||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||76663||7/19/1950||Pink champagne||Bill Darnell||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||76664||7/19/1950||Well, oh well||Bill Darnell||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||76843||9/13/1950||Autumn leaves||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||76844||9/13/1950||White Christmas||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||76845||9/14/1950||Jingle bells||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||76846||9/14/1950||Where or when||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||76847||9/14/1950||Blue again||Artie Shaw Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81092||5/25/1951||Tra-la-la||Calvert Jones||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81093||5/25/1951||Two timin' woman||Calvert Jones||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81281||7/13/1951||Castle rock||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
|Decca||81282||7/13/1951||Aboard the sentimental train||Sy Oliver Orchestra||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Taylor, Billy," accessed May 8, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110259.
Taylor, Billy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 8, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110259.
"Taylor, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 8 May 2021.
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