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John Taylor Tribute

Jez Nelson pays tribute to the late pianist and composer John Taylor, introducing key performances from the archives and tributes from students, collaborators and musical friends.

Jazz on 3 pays tribute to pianist and composer John Taylor, who died in July, aged 72, with key performances drawn from the Jazz on 3 archives and tributes from students, collaborators and musical friends.

A leading figure on the British jazz scene, known for his lyricism, for his contemporary approach to harmony and for his work as an educator and mentor, Taylor rose to prominence in the 1960s playing with the likes of John Surman, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine.

As the house pianist at Ronnie Scott's in the 1970s and subsequently as a bandleader and recording artist for labels such as ECM, he worked with a host of international stars, among them Jan Garbarek and Peter Erskine. But he is perhaps best known for his partnership with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler - a musical relationship that lasted until Wheeler's own death in 2014 and that must surely count as one of the most important in the history of British jazz.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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  • Jazz writer John Fordham joins Jez in the studio

    • John Taylor

      In Cologne

      Composer: John Taylor

      • Angel Of The Presence.
      • Cam Jazz.
  • John Taylor and the Creative Jazz Orchestra in concert at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham in 2002

    • John Taylor & Creative Jazz Orchestra

      Green Man Suite (Excerpt)

      Composer: John Taylor

  • John Taylor Trio in concert at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham in 2002

  • Kit Downes and Michael Wollny remember John Taylor as a teacher

    • John Taylor

      In February

      Composer: John Taylor

      • Songs and Variations.
      • Cam Jazz.
  • John Taylor Big Band in concert at the 2004 Cheltenham Jazz Festival

    • John Taylor Big Band

      O

      Composer: John Taylor

  • Richard Fairhurst on meeting John Taylor

    • John Taylor & Richard Fairhurst

      Epitaph For Kenny

      Composer: John Taylor / Richard Fairhurst

      • Duets.
      • Basho.
  • Peter Erskine on recording with John Taylor for ECM

  • John Taylor Trio in concert at St. Georges, Bristol in 2006

  • John Taylor

    Doozy 1

    Composer: John Taylor

    • 2081.
    • Cam Jazz.
  • Azimuth

    Breathtaking

    Composer: John Taylor

    • Azimuth ’85.
    • ECM.

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