BETTY LOO TAYLOR
"HAWAII'S FIRST LADY OF JAZZ" February 27, 1929 December 21, 2016 Born February 27, 1929 in Honolulu, Betty was known throughout Hawaii as "Hawaii's First Lady of Jazz" and "Lady Fingers" for her powerful command of the piano. She was a graduate of Punahou School and Mannes School of Music. Betty started her career in Waikiki in the 1960's, but in the 1970's teamed with fellow jazz musician Jimmy Borges, and the rest was history. She stopped performing early last year. She was the recipient of multiple awards during her lifetime, including a National Society of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, a 2008 Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Best Jazz CD (with Joy Abbott), and a 2012 Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also featured in an award-winning fi lm documentary shown at the 2003 Hawaii International Film Festival and a 2013 PBS Hawaii documentary special. Betty is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Ken Taylor, her daughter Karen Lindsay, and grandson Kenneth Lindsay. Services will be held Thursday, January 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu at Koolau Located at 45-550 Kiona'ole Rd, Kaneohe. Visitation: 9:30 to 10:30, Service: 10:30 with a Celebration of Life luncheon to follow at the Koolau Ballroom. Arrangements have been graciously provided by Ballard Family Mortuary Group.
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