Very late last night I heard

Billy Taylor play
most of the works of
Edward Kennedy
“Duke” Ellington
as a kind of tribute
on the Duke’s
one hundred birthday year.

Now I’ve known Billy Taylor
for at least half
of those well remembered years
and have heard him play many times
in many places
from the jazz joints
of Kansas City
to penthouse apartments
on Madison Avenue.

And last night
as I listened in Florida
I heard him play
on television
from a studio
in New York.
It seemed to me,
as he played,
his hands caressed the keys,
expressing a depth of feeling,
of joy in the expertise he displayed.
It was a rich interpretation of his
old friend’s creative work.

From my heart, Billy, keep on playing!

Posted by Marshall Jamison

George Marshall Shipman Jamison was born in Boston on June 16, 1918. His father, Walter Washington Jamison, was an English professor at MIT. His mother, Margaret Shipman Jamison, taught acting in Boston. He was a student at The New England Conservatory of Music and at Yale University. From 1942 to 1946, Mr. Jamison served as a staff officer for the U.S. Maritime Service. After his tour of duty, Mr. Jamison moved to New York City to pursue his interests in theatre. In 1948, Mr. Jamison made his Broadway debut in Mister Roberts. He then branched out into directing. Mr. Jamison then moved into television. In 1953 he was the Associate Producer and Director of Ford’s Fiftieth Anniversary. From 1956 to 1958, Mr. Jamison was the Executive Producer of The U.S. Steel Hour. In 1960, he won an Emmy Award as Producer of The Fabulous Fifties starring Henry Fonda. In the 1960′s, Mr. Jamison was the director of the popular network television series That Was the Week That Was starring David Frost. In the early ’70′s, Mr. Jamison directed A World Apart, a daytime television drama. In 1973, Mr. Jamison left commercial television and became a Senior Producer with the Nebraska Educational Television Network. During his long association with NETV, he directed and/or produced several award winning series for the network including Anyone for Tennyson? and The Mark Twain series. Mr. Jamison earned the title Poet Laureate of NETV for his lovely and touching poems. In 1990, Mr. Jamison retired from NETV. In 1992 he moved to Florida where, for over 11 years, he served as the Poetry Editor and author of many articles for GO INSIDE Magazine. In the year 2000, Mr. Jamison celebrated his golden wedding anniversary with his wife of fifty years, Janet Rosa Jamison. Mr. Jamison’s family includes the following children: Patricia, Janeen, Josh, Terri, Marshall and Janet. His grandchildren are Oliver, Beth, Marlene, Jennifer, Elizabeth and Emily. His great grandchildren include John, Matthew and Blaise. [Publisher's Note: On September 2, 2003, the earth broke for us forever when Marshall Jamison died of congestive heart failure in Orlando, Florida. He was 85. Marshall was a fine man, a great scholar, a caring father, a proud mentor and a loving friend. He was a Golden Boy in the Golden Age of television. When it came to writing the only thing that mattered was if the work was good: Fame, success and money all flowed from being good first. One of Marshall's many gifts was making bad good. We already painfully miss him for the world is less without him. Marshall Jamison's intelligence, beauty and kindness were powerful inspirations for everyone at GO INSIDE Magazine and he will eternally shine herein and glimmer from within us always. -- David W. Boles]

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