Today In Jazz

Happy Birthday Cecil Taylor!

March 15

Pianist Cecil Taylor was born on this day in 1929 in New York, NY.
Pianist Cecil Taylor, inspired by iconoclasts Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, as well as many classical composers, turned the world of jazz piano upside down with his intense, virtuosic and totally original conception. From 1957 until today, he remains one of the most vital presences on the international music scene.
He turns 85 today.
Here are three snapshots from a long musical life: