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 101-123 of 123 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 83646 11/14/1952 Waltzing on a cloud Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83647 11/15/1952 In Veradero-1 Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83648 11/15/1952 Falling in love all over again Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83649 11/15/1952 It's a happy holiday Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 83650 11/15/1952 Two for a nickel, three for a dime Neal Hefti Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84130 3/6/1953 Only yesterday Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84131 3/6/1953 I know why Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 84132 3/6/1953 If love is good to me Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85034 8/14/1953 When I lost you Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85035 8/14/1953 Idle gossip Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85036 8/14/1953 I had a talk with a daisy Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85037 8/14/1953 Skylark Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85488 11/6/1953 Only forever Johnny Long Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85489 11/6/1953 (Oh boy! what joy we had in) Barefoot days Johnny Long Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 85490 11/6/1953 (Oh boy! what joy we had in) Barefoot days Johnny Long Orchestra instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 86348 6/2/1954 Detour ahead Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 86349 6/2/1954 I'm through with love Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 86350 6/2/1954 You're mine you Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 86351 6/2/1954 Who can I turn to? Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 86352 6/2/1954 The things we did last Summer Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 86353 6/2/1954 A cottage for sale Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 86354 6/2/1954 We'll be together again Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 86355 6/2/1954 More than you know Jackie Paris instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 101-123 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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