Posts Tagged ‘Donald Byrd’

The Last Waltz

December 31, 2013 1 comment

220px-Yusef_LateefDear people, happy new year to you all. Many brothers and sisters have left us in 2013.

Yusef Lateef, Cedar Walton, Donald Byrd, Chico Hamilton, Mulgrew Miller,Marian McPartland, Butch Warren, Frank Wess and many others.



You can hear some of them in this spotify- playlist:


Trumpeter Donald Byrd dies at the age of 80

February 8, 2013 1 comment


The influential jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd died on Monday at the age of 80, his nephew has said.

Alex Bugnon, a jazz pianist, reported his uncle’s death on Thursday, though it has yet to be confirmed.

Bugnon wrote on his own Facebook page: “Donald passed away Monday in Delaware, where he lived. His funeral will be held in Detroit sometime next week. I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family. ” (The Guardian:

Byrd 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 Uni

versity and a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. While still at the Manhattan School, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, as replacement for Clifford Brown. In 1955, he recorded with Jackie McLean and Mal Waldron. After leaving the Jazz Messengers in 1956, he performed with many leading jazz musicians of the day, including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, and later Herbie Hancock. Byrd’s first regular group was a quintet that he co-led from 1958-61 with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, an ensemble whose hard-driving performances are captured “live” on At the Half Note Cafe. In June 1964, Byrd jammed with jazz legend Eric Dolphy in Paris just two weeks before Dolphy’s death from insulin shock.

Byrd lived in Teaneck, New Jersey until his death on February 4, 2013 at the age of 80. (

Claude Black

January 19, 2013 1 comment

claude blackLast thursday the great pianist Claude Black died at the age of 80 years: Toledo jazz legend Claude Black dies at 80 (Toledoblade)”.

When he was thirteen, his mother and sister were shot by his stepfather. He was then raised by his grandmother, who gave him the first piano lessons, and an uncle, who was friends with all kinds of jazz musicians such as Fats Waller. Black Horn played in a school band, including Donald Byrd, but exchanged Horn in the part for trombone, with the Horn because you couldn’t singen. When he was sixteen he had his first professional gig in a club in Detroit. He then played in different groups and later on, he met bassist Clifford Murphy, with whom he would collaborate for forty years, including many years in his club. In the 1950s he played with Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and Wes Montgomery, in the 1960s he toured with Dakota Staton and Aretha Franklin. He also played with Earl Bostic. In 1973 he settled in Toledo, where he later taught at the University of Toledo. Black has also played with Jon Hendricks and Wynton Marsalis, among others, and recorded with David Fathead Newman and Oliver Jackson.

Claude Black Jazz Benefit Concert, University Toledo, 31 january 2012:

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