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RIP John Taylor (1942-2015)

John Taylor

It has been announced that the he very great pianist John Taylor, a towering figure in European jazz, died last night, Friday 17th July, He had a sudden heart attack while performing in Stephane Kerecki’s band at the French Saveurs Jazz Festival. He was resuscitated on the spot but died later in hospital. He has been a respected, loved, hugely influential figure over half a century, both as player and teacher. He has recently been playing as well as ever, and had a busy schedule planned for the autumn. He will be sorely missed. In sadness.

Correction 20th July. According to the newspaper Ouest-France quoting Carol Taylor, JT passed away on Saturday 18th.

LINKS: John Taylor website
BBC 70th Birthday celebration in 2012
Interview with Julian Arguelles about his duo with John Taylor
John Taylor’s contribution to the Kenny Wheeler Memorial Service

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Tribute from Simon Purcell
Guardian obituary by John Fordham
Obituary/Tribute  from Peter Hum in Ottawa
Tribute in Italian from Pierluigi Balducci
Obituary at JazzTimes
‘A Farewell’ from Tom Hewson
Tribute from Pablo Held (in German)
Message from ECM Records
Youtube: Extract from the set on 17th July
Tribute from Ethan Iverson (h/t Martin Speake)

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