Billy Taylor

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 76-100 of 123 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 82403 3/5/1952 Something of a fool (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 82404 3/5/1952 Do you mind if I hang around (Little) Jimmy Scott instrumentalist, piano, leader  
Decca 82605 4/3/1952 Everytime Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82606 4/3/1952 Lonesome and blue Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82607 4/3/1952 Sure thing Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82608 4/3/1952 Why not? Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82670 4/9/1952 Lonesome and blue Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82671 4/9/1952 I love the way you love me Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82672 4/9/1952 Secret love Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82673 4/9/1952 Please Dr. Jive Hal Singer Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82732 4/23/1952 I waited a little too long Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Trudy Richards instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82733 4/23/1952 I may hate myself in the morning Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Trudy Richards instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82734 4/23/1952 Trav'lin' (All alone)-1 Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82958 6/16/1952 Troubles Joan Shaw instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82959 6/16/1952 Better be on my way Joan Shaw instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82960 6/16/1952 Until you came along Joan Shaw instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 82961 6/16/1952 Anything you say Joan Shaw instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83154 7/11/1952 T and S, part 1 Terry Gibbs Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83156 7/11/1952 T and S, part 2 (Three little words) Terry Gibbs Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83157 7/11/1952 Flying home Terry Gibbs Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83370 9/11/1952 Three little words Billy Taylor Quartet instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83371 9/11/1952 Oscar rides again-1 Billy Taylor Quartet instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83458 9/30/1952 T and s Jr. Terry Gibbs Sextet instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83644 11/14/1952 Lake Placid Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83645 11/14/1952 Uncle Jim Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 76-100 of 123 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110259

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