Excerpts from Billy Taylor's lectures at the Kennedy Center.

The First Lecture

In the first lecture of the four part series presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on February 14, 1995, Billy Taylor discussed the origins of jazz music in the African-American experience from slavery to the civil rights movement, emphasizing the development of the repertoire and standards of performance in jazz, and comparing and contrasting jazz with music from the European tradition.