FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: February 4, 2002

                           Contact: Jiffy Johnson, 206-6516

WUIS-WIPA to broadcast all-star salute to jazz legend Billy Taylor

SPRINGFIELD – WUIS (91.9 Springfield) and WIPA (89.3 Pittsfield) will broadcast “Billy Taylor: Swingin’ at 80 / 25 Years with NPR” -- a tribute to the pianist, composer, educator, and radio host -- from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, February 18.  The program celebrates two milestones: Taylor’s recent eightieth birthday and his twenty-fifth year on National Public Radio.  Robert Siegel is the host.

A 30-minute retrospective on Dr. Taylor, narrated by Nancy Wilson, takes a look back with clips from a variety of performance contexts -- Taylor as host, interviewee, and pianist in his 25 years with NPR.

The concert which follows is a 90-minute tribute recorded live at the Kennedy Center. Performers include many of today’s hottest jazz artists, such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cyrus Chestnut, Stefon Harris, Cleo Laine, Kevin Mahogany, Marian McPartland, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Steve Turré, Frank Wess and His Big Band, and Wilson. Charles Osgood serves as master of ceremonies. Taylor’s program “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” is broadcast on WUIS-WIPA at 8 p.m. on Saturdays.

Funding for this special program is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

For more information, contact Jiffy Johnson at (217) 206-6516.

 

Note to editors: More information about and photos of Billy Taylor are available at the following websites: www.npr.org/programs/btaylor/about/taylorbio.html and www.npr.org/about/people/bios/btaylor.html.