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|
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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