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Sunday, 19 July 2015

John Taylor RIP

Sad to pass on the news that 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.

Dave Holland (@TheDaveHolland) tweeted at 6:40 pm on Sat, Jul 18, 2015: “The wonderful pianist & composer John Taylor passed away last night. Friends and colleagues since '65. Much loved.”

He's delighted us with his music at jazz venues in the North throughout his long career. Here's some clips-  with his wonderful trio with Palle Danielson and Martin France at Wakefield Jazz Club 2/12/11 playing "Afterthought"; at Seven Arts in Leeds 4/10/12 solo playing "Ambleside" and most recently - John on 15 January this year with Julian Seigel and Diana Torto again with Seven Jazz in Leeds playing "Jenny Wren"

A tragedy for the jazz world - a respected, loved, hugely influential figure over half a century, both as player and teacher. A fantastic musician and a lovely guy. No more music like this - John playing  "How Deep is the Ocean":

Steve Crocker

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