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Billy Taylor


Billy Taylor Sr., famous double bass and tuba player was born on April 3, 1906 in Washington, D.C. Taylor began playing the tuba as a teenager. With early instruction from his policeman neighbor, Taylor began doing local gigs. In 1924, he moved to New York where he joined Duke Ellington’s ensemble from 1935 to 1940. Taylor eventually returned to Washington, D.C. and performed in various clubs. He died in Fairfax, Virginia on September 2, 1986.

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