By Lexi Peery, Globe Correspondent
April 22, 2017
Three months after Fred Taylor was fired from his longtime post as artistic director at Scullers Jazz Club, JazzBoston is dedicating its annual Jazz Week celebration to him.
Taylor, who helped shape Boston’s jazz scene over several decades by booking such iconic performers as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus, was feted Friday at a private dinner at the home of JazzBoston’s Don Carlson and Pauline Bilsky. Saxophonist Grace Kelly, one of the many artists Taylor has nurtured, was among the guests and announced the creation of a scholarship in Music Business/Management at the Berklee College of Music in Taylor’s name.
As part of Jazz Week, which runs from April 21-30, JazzBoston is asking musicians, venues, and presenters to designate a performance or show as a thank you to Taylor. The jazz impresario isn’t done working. The Cabot, located in Beverly, recently announced that Taylor had booked a series of shows there, beginning with the Grace Kelly Band and Joey DeFrancesco & The People June 3.