Gene Taylor (bassist)

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Gene Taylor
Nachtconcert van het Horeca Silverquintet in het concertgebouw te Amsterdam, vl, Bestanddeelnr 910-1692.jpg
Gene Taylor and Blue Mitchell (Concertgebouw, 1959)
Background information
Birth nameCalvin Eugene Taylor
Born(1929-03-19)March 19, 1929
Toledo, Ohio, US
OriginDetroit, Michigan
Died(2001-12-22)December 22, 2001 (age 72)
Sarasota, Florida
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDouble bass
Associated actsHorace Silver, Nina Simone, Judy Collins

Calvin Eugene "Gene" Taylor (March 19, 1929[1] – December 22, 2001[2]), was an American jazz double bassist. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and began his career in Detroit, Michigan.[2] Taylor worked with Horace Silver from 1958 until 1963.[1][3][4] He then joined Blue Mitchell's quintet, with whom he recorded and performed until 1965.[2] From 1966 until 1968, he toured and recorded with Nina Simone.[2] Simone recorded the song "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)", which Taylor wrote following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.[2][5][6] Taylor began teaching music in New York public schools.[2] Taylor worked with Judy Collins from 1968 until 1976, and made numerous television appearances accompanying Simone and Collins.[2] He died on December 22, 2001, in Sarasota, Florida, where he had been living since 1990.


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  1. ^ a b "Jazz Performers - T's & U's". Jazz, Ragtime & Blues in the Knight Library. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Requiem". Allegro. New York: American Federation of Musicians, local 802. CII (3). Archived from the original on 2011-01-29. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  3. ^ Obituary specifies 1962, but Taylor recorded tracks in 1963 for Song for My Father
  4. ^ Cuscuna, Michael (2008). Live at Newport '58 (CD booklet). Horace Silver. New York: Blue Note Records. 0946 3 98070 2 4.
  5. ^ Taylor, Calvin Eugene (January 20, 1986). Johnson, John H., ed. "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)". JET. Chicago: Johnson. 69 (18): 55. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  6. ^ Simone, Nina; Stephen Cleary (2003) [1992]. I Put a Spell on You. Introduction by Dave Marsh (2nd ed.). New York: Da Capo Press. pp. 114–115. ISBN 0-306-80525-1.

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