It has been announced that the 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.
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
Tribute from Pablo Held (in German)