Master musician, producer, teacher and director William “Billy” Adair, a centerpiece of Nashville’s jazz community and the founder of The Blair Big Band at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, died today of melanoma cancer at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He was 66.  Billy was a long-time supporter of the Nashville Jazz Orchestra as well as a former board member and was instrumental in helping the NJO achieve artist-in-residence status at Blair School of Music.  Beginning in 2002, he taught jazz studies at Blair and served there as a department chair of jazz and folk music. Please go to this link for the full story in the Tennessean: http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2014/02/18/musician-jazz-advocate-billy-adair-dies-at-age-66/