Birth Name: William Taylor
Birth Place: Greenville, North Carolina, USA
Years Active: 1940s - Present
Genres: Jazz, Hard Bop
Billy Taylor (born July 24, 1921 in Greenville, North Carolina) is an American jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He is currently the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville. Since 1994, he has been the artistic director for jazz at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.