Donald Byrd

Born: 
12/09/1932
City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
USA
Died: 
02/04/2013
Years Active: 
1940's-2013
Instruments: 
Flugelhorn, Trumpet

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Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd is best known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a pop artist.

In 1973, he created The Blackbyrds, a fusion group consisting of his best students. They scored several major hits including "Happy Music" (#3 R&B, #19 pop), "Walking In Rhythm" (#4 R&B, #6 pop) and "Rock Creek Park".

Byrd attended Cass Technical High School and performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school.

Discography

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Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Donald Byrd Recording Session 09/29/1955 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Jackie McLean Recording Session 10/21/1955 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Hank Jones Recording Session 11/01/1955 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Donald Byrd Recording Session 11/03/1955 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Donald Byrd Sextet 12/02/1955 Harvard Square Theater Cambridge Massachusetts USA
George Wallington Recording Session 01/20/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Jackie McLean Recording Session 01/27/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Kenny Clarke Recording Session 01/30/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Kenny Clarke-Hank Mobley Recording Session 02/08/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Billy Taylor Recording Session 03/13/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
The Jazz Messengers Recording Session 04/06/1956 Columbia 30th Street Studios NYC New York USA
The Jazz Messengers Recording Session 05/04/1956 Columbia 30th Street Studios NYC New York USA
Elmo Hope Recording Session 05/07/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Phil Woods Recording Session 06/15/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Jackie McLean Recording Session 07/13/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Gene Ammons Recording Session 07/13/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Jackie McLean Recording Session 07/20/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Hank Mobley Recording Session 07/20/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Hank Mobley Recording Session 07/23/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Donald Byrd-Art Farmer Recording Session 08/03/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Paul Chambers Recording Session 09/21/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Donald Byrd-Phil Woods Recording Session 11/02/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
Horace Silver Recording Session 11/10/1956 Van Gelder Studio (H) Hackensack New Jersey USA
All-Star Jazz Festival 11/19/1956 Blue Note (Philly) Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA
All-Star Jazz Festival 11/20/1956 Blue Note (Philly) Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA

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