Dr. Taylor will demonstrate his approach to improv and detail the stylistic impact of his close associations with jazz greats Art Tatum, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Charlie Mingus, Gerry Mulligan and many others. He will explore the future of Jazz as he performs and interacts with Tomorrow's Jazz Giants, including ASCAP Foundation award-winning saxophonist Grace Kelly and other outstanding young artists.
A distinguished panel will join Dr. Taylor in exploring Retrieving the Jazz Audience. Participants will be invited to join in the preparation and presentation of the final Billy Taylor Lives concert, featuring SPIRIT, the TC Music Improv Ensemble and guest artists. All participants are invited to join Dr. Taylor in a reception honoring his contributions as America's Ambassador of Jazz.