[JPL] Dan Taylor, host of public radio's 'Taylor Made Jazz,' dies

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Dan Taylor, host of public radio's 'Taylor Made Jazz,' dies

The Wichita Eagle

Though he didn't play an instrument, Dan Taylor had an insider's passion for 
bebop and big band jazz, his friends and family say. He befriended many of 
Wichita's jazz musicians and often recorded and broadcast performances by local 
jazz bands on his radio show.Mr. Taylor, whose "Taylor Made Jazz" program was 
broadcast from 1988 until 2001 on KMUW FM-89, died Saturday. 

He was 75."Jazz was just his passion," said Tim Henry, a pianist. "We lost a 
jazz pioneer."Mr. Taylor adopted an easy, low-key style on the radio, which 
perhaps downplayed his encyclopedic knowledge about jazz musicians and 
recordings."He really respected the people that played, and that really showed in his 
presentation on the air," said Barry Gaston, host of KMUW's current jazz show, 
"The Jazz Cafe.

"He was partial to the big bands and classic jazz players such as Miles 
Davis, Charlie Parker and others from the bebop era.

"Kenny G and (contemporary) people like that, that was not jazz to him," said 
Annette Massey, Mr. Taylor's niece. Mr. Taylor was married briefly; he had no 
children. He is survived by Massey and nephews Adam Massey and Justin Moore 
of Queens Village, N.Y.A memorial service for will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday 
at Jackson Mortuary Chapel, 1125 E. 13th St.

Lois Gilbert


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