Jazz Notes: Berklee Hosts a Gala Honoring Jazz Impresario Fred Taylor and the Stars Come Out

Backing-up all this action was a variety of stellar appearance by jazz stars such as seminal pianist Monty Alexander who shared the stage with Kelly for a commanding, soulful duet. Seated with Taylor throughout the evening was Metheny who did not perform but instead took to the stage to talk about his friendship, respect and the “currency” of honesty he found in his early mentor. He closed by saying, the “cultural infrastructure” that allows the music to exist, depends on the relationship all these musicians on the stage tonight shared with Taylor, and in his final poignant observation said, “All of us here tonight would not have had the platform to develop our music without Fred Taylor.”

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