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Encyclopedia > Donald Byrd

Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (born December 9, 1932) is an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter, born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Cass Technical High School. He performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school. After playing in a military band during a term in the United States Air Force, he obtained a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University and a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music. While still at the Manhattan School he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, replacing Clifford Brown. In 1955, he recorded with Jackie McLean and Mal Waldron. After leaving the Jazz Messengers in 1956 he performed with a wide variety of highly regarded jazz musicians, including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, and Thelonious Monk. is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... A trumpeter may be one of several things: A trumpeter is a musician who plays the trumpet. ... “Detroit” redirects here. ... Lewis Cass Technical High School is a high school in Detroit, Michigan. ... Lionel Hampton with George W. Bush Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908, Louisville, Kentucky – August 31, 2002 New York City), was a jazz bandleader and percussionist. ... “The U.S. Air Force” redirects here. ... Wayne State University (Detroit, MI 48202) is located in Detroit, Michigan, in the citys Midtown Cultural Center. ... The Manhattan School of Music is one of Americas leading music conservatories located in New York City that offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels in the areas of classical and jazz performance and composition. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Clifford Brown (October 30, 1930 – June 26, 1956) was an influential and highly rated American jazz trumpeter. ... John Lenwood (Jackie) McLean (born May 17, 1932) is an American jazz alto saxophonist and educator, born in New York City. ... Malcolm Earl Waldron (August 16, 1926 - December 2, 2002) was an American jazz and world music pianist and composer. ... “Coltrane” redirects here. ... Theodore Walter Sonny Rollins (born September 7, 1930 in New York City) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was a jazz pianist and composer. ...

In the 1970s, he moved away from his previous hard-bop jazz base and began to record jazz fusion, Jazz-funk, soul-Jazz, and rhythm and blues. Teaming up with the Mizell Brothers, they produced Black Byrd, which was enormously successful and became Blue Note Records' highest-ever selling album. The Mizell Brothers follow-up production albums for Byrd, Places and Spaces, Steppin' Into Tomorrow and Street Lady were also big sellers, and have subsequently provided a rich source of samples for acid jazz artists such as Us3. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Hard bop is an extension of bebop (bop) music which incorporates influences from rhythm and blues, gospel music, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... The Mizell Brothers were a highly influential production team in the 1970s, consisting of Larry and Alphonzo Mizell. ... Black Byrd is a 1972 album by Donald Byrd Flight Time 8:27 Black Byrd 8:00 Love’s So Far Away 6:00 Mr. ... In jazz and blues notes added to the major scale for expressive quality, loosely defined by musicians to be an alteration to a scale or chord that makes it sound like the blues. ... US3 is a jazz-rap group founded in London in 1991. ...

He has taught music at Rutgers University, the Hampton Institute, New York University, Howard University, and Oberlin College. In 1974 he created the Blackbyrds, a fusion group consisting of his best students. They scored several major hits, including "Walking In Rhythm" and "Blackbyrds Theme". “Rutgers” redirects here. ... Hampton University is a historically black university located in Hampton, Virginia. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ... Howard University is a university located in Washington, D.C., USA. A historically black university, Howard was established in 1867 by congressional order and named for Oliver O. Howard. ... Oberlin College is a small, selective liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, in the United States. ... The Blackbyrds were a 1970s rhythm & blues and jazz-funk fusion group, formed in Washington, D.C.. The group was led by trumpeter Donald Byrd and featured some of his Howard University students: Kevin Toney (keyboards), Keith Killgo (vocals, drums), Joe Hall (bass), Orville Saunders (guitar), and Jay Jones (flute...

Byrd lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.[1] Teaneck (pronounced ) is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, and is a suburb of New York City. ...


2006 Pop-Jazz Volume 1

2005 In a Soulful Mood

2004 Mustang! (Japan Bonus Tracks)

2004 At the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 1-2 (Bonus Tracks)

2004 Blackjack (Bonus Tracks)

2004 Free Form (Bonus Track)

2004 Free Form (Japan Bonus Track)

2003 Out of This World

2003 At the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 2

2003 At the Half Note Cafe, Vol. 1

2002 The Transition Sessions

2000 Touchstone

1991 A City Called Heaven

1989 Getting Down to Business

1987 Harlem Blues

1983 Words, Sounds, Colors and Shapes

1981 Love Byrd: Donald Byrd and 125th St, N.Y.C.

1978 Thank You...For F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life)

1976 Caricatures

1975 Places and Spaces

1974 Stepping into Tomorrow Donald Byrd – Stepping Into Tomorrow (1974) 1. ...

1973 Street Lady

1972 Black Byrd Black Byrd is a 1972 album by Donald Byrd Flight Time 8:27 Black Byrd 8:00 Love’s So Far Away 6:00 Mr. ...

1971 Ethiopian Knights

1970 Electric Byrd

1969 Fancy Free

1967 Slow Drag Slow Drag is a jazz album released by Donald Byrd in 1967[2] (see 1967 in music). ...

1965 Up With Donald Byrd

1963 A New Perspective A New Perspective is a 1963 album by Donald Byrd Elijah 9:21 Beast of Burden 10:07 Cristo Redentor 5:43 The Black Disciple 8:12 Chant 7:31 Categories: | | ...

1961 Free Form

1960 Byrd in Flight Byrd in Flight is an album by Donald Byrd, released in 1960. ...

1959 Byrd in Hand Byrd in Hand is an album by Donald Byrd, released in 1959. ...

Several other albums and re-releases originally recorded in the mid 1950's thru the mid 1960's exist mainly on Blue Note Records.

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  Results from FactBites:
Donald Byrd: The Hard Bop Homepage (292 words)
After studying composition in Europe (1963-63) Byrd began a career in fl music education, teaching at Rutgers, the Hampton Institute, Howard University, and (after receiving a law degree, 1976) North Carolina Central University; in 1982 he was awarded a doctorate by Columbia Teachers College.
Following the death of Clifford Brown in 1956, Byrd was for a few years arguably the finest hard-bop trumpeter.
His best-selling album Black Byrd led to the formation of his students into the Blackbyrds, a hit group of the mid-1970s.
Donald Byrd - Music Downloads - Online (1090 words)
Bio: Donald Byrd was considered one of the finest hard bop trumpeters of the post-Clifford Brown era.
Byrd's Blue Note debut was 1958's Off to the Races, and he and Adams collaborated on a series of excellent hard bop dates over the next three years, including Byrd in Hand (1959), At the Half Note Cafe, Vols.
Byrd also began to study African music, inspired partly by the emerging fl-consciousness movement, and became interested in Miles Davis' efforts to woo a younger audience (including Byrd's own students) by experimenting with electronics and funk rhythms.
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