Gene Taylor (bassist)

Calvin Eugene "Gene" Taylor (March 19, 1929[1] – December 22, 2001[2]), was an American jazz double bassist. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and began his career in Detroit, Michigan.[2] Taylor worked with Horace Silver from 1958 until 1963.[1][3][4] He then joined Blue Mitchell's quintet, with whom he recorded and performed until 1965.[2] From 1966 until 1968, he toured and recorded with Nina Simone.[2] Simone recorded the song "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)", which Taylor wrote following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.[2][5][6] Taylor began teaching music in New York public schools.[2] Taylor worked with Judy Collins from 1968 until 1976, and made numerous television appearances accompanying Simone and Collins.[2] He died on December 22, 2001, in Sarasota, Florida, where he had been living since 1990.

Gene Taylor
Gene Taylor and Blue Mitchell (Concertgebouw, 1959)
Gene Taylor and Blue Mitchell (Concertgebouw, 1959)
Background information
Birth nameCalvin Eugene Taylor
Born(1929-03-19)March 19, 1929
Toledo, Ohio, US
OriginDetroit, Michigan
Died(2001-12-22)December 22, 2001 (age 72)
Sarasota, Florida
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsDouble bass
Associated actsHorace Silver, Nina Simone, Judy Collins


As sidemanEdit


  1. ^ a b "Jazz Performers - T's & U's". Jazz, Ragtime & Blues in the Knight Library. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Requiem". Allegro. New York: American Federation of Musicians, local 802. CII (3). Archived from the original on 2011-01-29. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  3. ^ Obituary specifies 1962, but Taylor recorded tracks in 1963 for Song for My Father
  4. ^ Cuscuna, Michael (2008). Live at Newport '58 (CD booklet). Horace Silver. New York: Blue Note Records. 0946 3 98070 2 4.
  5. ^ Taylor, Calvin Eugene (January 20, 1986). Johnson, John H. (ed.). "Why? (The King of Love is Dead)". JET. Chicago: Johnson. 69 (18): 55. ISSN 0021-5996. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  6. ^ Simone, Nina; Stephen Cleary (2003) [1992]. I Put a Spell on You. Introduction by Dave Marsh (2nd ed.). New York: Da Capo Press. pp. 114–115. ISBN 0-306-80525-1.

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