Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd – The Cat Walk

Donald Byrd – The Cat Walk

A Detroit native, trumpeter Donaldson Toussaint l’Ouverture Byrd II was exposed to some giants of jazz at a tender age, playing with Lionel Hampton while in high school and joining Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers while in New York pursuing his masters degree. Education seems to have been a constant in Byrd’s life: Not only does he have a BA and an MA, but he has taught music at a number of universities. Byrd’s “style” has evolved over the years from the hard-bop of the fifties and sixties to jazz fusion and R&B in the seventies and beyond. Unlike many of the artists in this series of Blue Note releases, Byrd is still alive…a testament to good genes and/or a healthy attitude toward substance abuse. read more…

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