Jazz Week Celebrates Longtime Booker Fred Taylor

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Fred Taylor in his office in Allston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Fred Taylor in his office in Allston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This year, JazzBoston's Jazz Week is not just a series of performances, it's also tributes to Fred Taylor, the legendary booker for Scullers Jazz Club. He was fired from the club in March.

Taylor was responsible for bringing acts like John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Bob Dylan to Boston. He also established Tanglewood as a major jazz festival. As Miles Davis told The Boston Globe in 1981, "Every time I have a new band and a good band, I just come to Boston. Also, I wouldn't do it for anybody else, but Freddie Taylor."

We talk about Taylor's legacy and the jazz scene in Boston today.


Bob Blumenthal, Grammy-winning former Boston Globe columnist and author of "Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America's Music."

This segment aired on April 25, 2017.


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