It has been announced that the he very great pianist John Taylor, a towering figure in European jazz, died last night, Friday 17th July, He had a sudden heart attack while performing in Stephane Kerecki's band at the French Saveurs Jazz Festival. He was resuscitated on the spot but died later in hospital. He has been a respected, loved, hugely influential figure over half a century, both as player and teacher. He has recently been playing as well as ever, and had a busy schedule planned for the autumn. He will be sorely missed. In sadness.
LINKS: John Taylor website
BBC 70th Birthday celebration in 2012
Interview with Julian Arguelles about his duo with John Taylor
John Taylor's contribution to the Kenny Wheeler Memorial Service