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

Barry Gaston barrygaston at cox.net
Wed Sep 27 14:11:08 EDT 2006


We lose another jazz voice, all of us here at KMUW in Wichita will miss Dan 
Taylor who passed away this past weekend. On my "Jazz Cafe" show (the 
program that replaced "Taylor Made Jazz" 5 years ago), we have featured all 
this week Jazz Musicians and friends who knew and loved Dan. The passing of 
Dan Taylor and the coverage in our local paper (see below) as well as the 
calls and e-mails reinforce the importance of Jazz Radio in the lives of our 
listeners.
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> Dan Taylor, host of public radio's 'Taylor Made Jazz,' dies
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> BY CHRIS SHULL
> The Wichita Eagle
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> 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.
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> http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/entertainment/15616215.htm
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