In this new video, Billy talks about that gig, and why loved playing with Ben. The video includes an excerpt from “The Subject Is Jazz,” from 1958, with Ben and Billy playing “One O’Clock Jump.”
“One of my greatest joys has been working with Dr. Billy Taylor,” Primack explains. “Over the past few years, I've been digitizing his video archives and posting many classic performances on his website. So far we have 72 clips on the site, including Billy’s performances with Max Roach, Cannonball Adderley and Charles Mingus.”
In the early 50s, Billy Taylor acted on television, playing Jelly Roll Morton in a docu-drama. Before that, Billy had performed in several Broadway shows, but never in a speaking capacity. In Bret’s new video, “Billy Taylor Meets Jelly Roll Morton,” we see Billy as Jelly Roll, speaking about his music, and then playing Morton's Tiger Rag."