Kansas City Jazz Great Dies

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas Citians are mourning the loss of a great Jazz Musician. Myra Taylor passed away on Friday, December 9.

Taylor was born in Bonner Springs, Kansas and later moved to Kansas City, Mo. The singer, songwriter and actress performed well into her 90's.

Dwayne Gilley admits that Taylor was in her 80's when they started working together. He didn't think she could still hit the notes.

"She started singing and I had to pull the car over," Gilley said. "She was singing "Mama I'm Trouble" and it was the most beautiful thing."

Her friends say it was important to her to sing the right songs.

"She was concerned about being heard and doing the type of material that would make her happy and make the people happy," said Luqman Hamza, pianist and vocalist.

Taylor mentored several singers over the years and adopted her manager and his family as her own.

Taylor was in a nursing home when she passed away. She was 94-years-old.

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