John Taylor, one of Europe's most celebrated jazz pianists and composers, joined Music Department staff in October 2005.
Taylor has played with Cleo Laine, Enrico Rava, Gil Evans and many other leading performers. He has long championed the music of jazz legend Kenny Wheeler, with whom he has performed and recorded extensively. Taylor has recorded over 80 LPs and CDs, many for the ECM label. Of Insight, his most recent album, The Guardian wrote, "this is one of contemporary jazz's great performers at work . . . a beautiful solo statement by a very modest star." His composition The Green Man Suite received the 2002 BBC Jazz Award for Best New Work.