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Photo by: Nancy Kaye

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 1981 file photo, band leader Billy Taylor, center right, joins Mercer Ellington, left; dancer Judith Jamison, second left, and band leader Woody Herman at a special Broadway preview of "Sophisticated Ladies," in New York. Taylor, a jazz pianist and composer who became one of the music form's most ardent promoters through radio, television and the landmark Jazzmobile arts venture died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 in New York. He was 89. (AP Photo/Nancy Kaye, File)

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