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Art Taylor
Art Taylor - photo.jpg
Background information
Birth nameArthur S. Taylor, Jr.
Born(1929-04-06)April 6, 1929
New York City
DiedFebruary 6, 1995(1995-02-06) (aged 65)
New York City
Occupation(s)Musician, composer

Arthur S. Taylor, Jr. (April 6, 1929 – February 6, 1995) was an American jazz drummer who "helped define the sound of modern jazz drumming".[1]


As a teenager, Taylor joined a local Harlem band that featured Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean and Kenny Drew. After playing in the bands of Howard McGhee (1948), Coleman Hawkins (1950–51), Buddy DeFranco (1952), Bud Powell (1953), George Wallington and Art Farmer (1954), Powell and Wallington again (1954–55), Gigi Gryce and Donald Byrd (1956), he formed his own group, Taylor's Wailers.[2] Between 1957 and 1963 he toured with Donald Byrd, recorded with Miles Davis, Gene Ammons and John Coltrane, and performed with Thelonious Monk; he also was a member of the original Kenny Dorham Quartet of 1957.

In 1963 he moved to Europe, where he lived mainly in France and Belgium for 20 years, playing with local groups and jazz musicians such as Johnny Griffin, John Bodwin and with travelling American musicians such as Woody Shaw during the latter's tenure in Paris. He returned to the United States to help his mother, who was ill.[3] He continued freelancing after returning to the United States, and in 1993 organized a second band called Taylor's Wailers. He died in Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.[1]

He was the author of Notes and Tones, a book based on his interviews with other musicians.[4] This was, for many musicians, a ground-breaking work, because it presented the interviewees' perspectives on the wider social, political, and economic forces in which they operated – topics normally not mentioned in mainstream coverage of jazz musicians.[4]


As leader

As sideman

With Thelonious Monk

With Gene Ammons

With Chris Anderson

With Dorothy Ashby

With Benny Bailey

With Kenny Burrell

With Donald Byrd

With Paul Chambers

With Sonny Clark

With James Clay

With Jimmy Cleveland

With Arnett Cobb

With Pepper Adams, et al.

With John Coltrane

With Continuum

With Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

With Miles Davis

With Walter Davis Jr.

With Kenny Dorham

With Art Farmer

With Tommy Flanagan

With Red Garland

With Matthew Gee

With Benny Golson

With Dexter Gordon

With Bennie Green

With Johnny Griffin

With Tiny Grimes

With Gigi Gryce

With Ernie Henry

With Elmo Hope and Frank Foster

With Milt Jackson

With Thad Jones

With Clifford Jordan

With Duke Jordan

With Ken McIntyre

With Jackie McLean

With Lee Morgan

With Oliver Nelson

With Cecil Payne

With The Prestige All Stars

With Bud Powell

  • The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2 (Blue Note, 1954)
  • Bud Powell Trio (Roost, 1953)
  • Birdland, 1953 (ESP Disk, 1953)
  • Three Nights at Birdland (SSJ, 1953)
  • Bud Powell's Moods (Verve, 1954)
  • The Lonely One (Verve, 1955)
  • Piano Interpretations (Verve, 1955)
  • Strictly Powell (RCA, 1956)
  • Swingin with Bud (RCA, 1956)
  • Bud plays Bird (Blue Note, 1957)
  • Bud! (Blue Note, 1957)
  • The Scene Changes (Blue Note, 1958)

With Julian Priester

With Dizzy Reece

With Charlie Rouse

With Sahib Shihab

With Horace Silver

With Jimmy Smith

With Johnny "Hammond" Smith

With Louis Smith

With Sonny Stitt

With Buddy Tate

With Clark Terry

With Toots Thielmans

With Stanley Turrentine

With Mal Waldron

With Randy Weston

With Julius Watkins and Charlie Rouse

With Lem Winchester

With Kai Winding & J. J. Johnson

With Frank Wright

With Steve Grossman


  1. ^ a b Watrous, Peter (February 7, 1995) "Art Taylor, 65, Jazz Drummer Who Inspired Young Musicians" New York Times.
  2. ^ Feather, Leonard & Gitler, Ira (2007) The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, p. 637. Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ "Eric in the Evening: Art Taylor Interview.” Jun 4, 1994, WGBH Media Library & Archives [1].
  4. ^ a b Lewis, George E. (2008). A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music. University of Chicago Press. p. xxviii.
  5. ^ Allmusic review
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