Veteran jazz pianist Cecil Taylor wins Kyoto Prize

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In this undated photo released by the Inamori Foundation, American jazz legend Cecil Taylor speaks at an unknown place. The Inamori Foundation on Friday, June 21, 2013, awarded Taylor, an 84-year-old veteran jazz pianist from New York, this year's Kyoto Prize in the art and philosophy category for opening new possibilities in jazz with his distinctive musical construction and renditions. (AP Photo/The Inamori Foundation)
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TOKYO (AP) — An American jazz legend Cecil Taylor was among three winners of an annual Japanese award for global achievement.

The Inamori Foundation announced Friday that this year's Kyoto Prize also went to a U.S. inventor of one of the most widely used integrated circuit memory systems and to a Japanese biologist.

An 84-year-old veteran jazz pianist from New York, Taylor opened new possibilities in jazz with his distinctive musical construction and renditions.

Robert Dennard, 80, also a New Yorker, invented basic structure for Dynamic Random Access Memory, contributing to boosting data storage capacity and cost reduction.

Masatoshi Nei, 82, an evolutionary biologist at Pennsylvania State University, contributed to estimating when diverging of genetic human variations occurred.

The Kyoto-based foundation was established in 1984 by Kyocera Corp. founder Kazuo Inamori.

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