Event | Film and Video Screenings "The Billy Taylor Show" (WNJU, 1965)

Date and Location

  • When: Thursday, June 27, 2019

    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Packard Campus Theater

    19053 Mount Pony Road, Culpeper, VA 22701-7551

For more information, please call (202) 707-9458. Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

Well known jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator Dr. Billy Taylor hosted two long running programs on NPR: the pioneering Jazz Alive!, (1977- 1983) and Jazz at the Kennedy Center (1995-2001), and served as an on-air correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning for many years. In 1965, Taylor hosted The Billy Taylor Show - Jazz in America, produced at WNJU in New Jersey that aired in the New York City market. Luckily he archived the 2” videotapes of the program before WNJU could recycle them, a common practice of the day, and donated the tapes to the Library of Congress in 2002. This compilation of highlights from the show, none of which has been seen since the original broadcasts, includes performances by jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, Benny Powell, Clark Terry, Grant Green, Yusef Lateef, Jerome Richardson, Randy Weston and more.  Digital presentation.

Programs are free and open to the public, but children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Seating at the screenings is on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted. Short films may be shown before some features.

For general Packard Campus Theater information, call (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994.