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Donald Byrd Black Byrd (Complete Album)
Donald Byrd Black Byrd (Complete Album)
Published: 2016/12/13
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Donald Byrd  -  Places & Spaces
Donald Byrd - Places & Spaces
Published: 2012/01/07
Channel: AuntieSoul34
Donald Byrd ‎– Places And Spaces (FULL album) 1975 US Vinyl Rip
Donald Byrd ‎– Places And Spaces (FULL album) 1975 US Vinyl Rip
Published: 2016/11/12
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Donald Byrd - (Falling Like) Dominoes
Donald Byrd - (Falling Like) Dominoes
Published: 2011/01/01
Channel: JFSRonline
Donald Byrd Street Lady LP 1973.mp4
Donald Byrd Street Lady LP 1973.mp4
Published: 2016/05/05
Channel: Harry Kewell 2
Donald Byrd - Stepping into tomorrow (1974)
Donald Byrd - Stepping into tomorrow (1974)
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: Heno Henrich
Donald Byrd - Wind Parade
Donald Byrd - Wind Parade
Published: 2012/04/08
Channel: SoulNationZ
Donald Byrd Flight time
Donald Byrd Flight time
Published: 2009/04/08
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Donald Byrd - Cristo Redentor
Donald Byrd - Cristo Redentor
Published: 2007/12/10
Channel: bystandersmusic
Donald Byrd - Lansana
Donald Byrd - Lansana's Priestess
Published: 2011/03/19
Channel: Julian Fontenell
DONALD BYRD, Elijah (Byrd)
DONALD BYRD, Elijah (Byrd)
Published: 2010/06/02
Channel: Roger rogerjazzfan
Butterfly - Donald Byrd
Butterfly - Donald Byrd
Published: 2010/06/22
Channel: Igetsdeeperand Deeper
Donald Byrd - Flight Time
Donald Byrd - Flight Time
Published: 2009/05/26
Channel: SoulGathering
Donald Byrd performs
Donald Byrd performs 'Blackbyrd' at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1973
Published: 2013/02/26
Channel: Gilles Peterson
DONALD BYRD, Slow Drag (Byrd)
DONALD BYRD, Slow Drag (Byrd)
Published: 2010/06/07
Channel: Roger rogerjazzfan
06 Lanasana
06 Lanasana's Priestess - The Best of Donald Byrd
Published: 2011/12/29
Channel: UserRadio
Donald Byrd - Woman Of The World
Donald Byrd - Woman Of The World
Published: 2014/01/28
Channel: Bailarmente
Donald Byrd - You & Music  (1975)
Donald Byrd - You & Music (1975)
Published: 2010/11/17
Channel: aquarianrealm
Donald Byrd - Street Lady LP 1973
Donald Byrd - Street Lady LP 1973
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: MultiplicityMe MusicalMoments
Donald Byrd - Black Byrd
Donald Byrd - Black Byrd
Published: 2011/08/13
Channel: aquarianrealm
Donald Byrd ft Isaac Hayes - Feel like lovin you today
Donald Byrd ft Isaac Hayes - Feel like lovin you today
Published: 2009/09/15
Channel: neofunkyman1
Donald Byrd - Think Twice (Slayd5000)
Donald Byrd - Think Twice (Slayd5000)
Published: 2013/02/07
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Donald Byrd & Doug Watkins - The Transition Sessions - Full Album
Donald Byrd & Doug Watkins - The Transition Sessions - Full Album
Published: 2016/01/03
Channel: David F. V. Bedoya
Stepping Into Tomorrow - Donald Byrd
Stepping Into Tomorrow - Donald Byrd
Published: 2013/02/08
Channel: Stevie Mack
Donald Byrd   Think Twice
Donald Byrd Think Twice
Published: 2011/11/30
Channel: Kevan Green
donald byrd love has come around 1981
donald byrd love has come around 1981
Published: 2014/07/28
Channel: rok c
Donald Byrd  -  Change ( Makes You Want To Hustle )
Donald Byrd - Change ( Makes You Want To Hustle )
Published: 2012/02/02
Channel: AuntieSoul34
DONALD BYRD, Here Am I (Byrd)
DONALD BYRD, Here Am I (Byrd)
Published: 2010/05/27
Channel: Roger rogerjazzfan
Donald Byrd – Ethiopian Knights (Full Album) 1972
Donald Byrd – Ethiopian Knights (Full Album) 1972
Published: 2017/10/17
Channel: TheNada73
Donald Byrd - (Fallin
Donald Byrd - (Fallin' Like) Dominoes (1975)
Published: 2012/04/22
Channel: aquarianrealm
Donald Byrd - Places and Spaces
Donald Byrd - Places and Spaces
Published: 2012/04/29
Channel: FunkNationZ
Donald Byrd - Here Am I
Donald Byrd - Here Am I
Published: 2010/01/01
Channel: bebopcity
Donald Byrd - Where are we going?
Donald Byrd - Where are we going?
Published: 2012/11/26
Channel: maxitaxiphone
Donald Byrd & Gigi Gryce. Jazz Lab Quintet.
Donald Byrd & Gigi Gryce. Jazz Lab Quintet.
Published: 2013/12/16
Channel: nagusd
Donald Byrd - Love Has Come Around (Original 12
Donald Byrd - Love Has Come Around (Original 12'' Version) [HQ]
Published: 2010/12/02
Channel: Simon Ambler
Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds- Rock Creek Park
Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds- Rock Creek Park
Published: 2008/11/14
Channel: KingPivit
Donald Byrd - The Emperor
Donald Byrd - The Emperor
Published: 2014/07/28
Channel: Brother John
Donald Byrd - Steppin
Donald Byrd - Steppin' Into Tomorrow
Published: 2012/05/12
Channel: FunkNationZ
Donald Byrd - Blackjack (1968)
Donald Byrd - Blackjack (1968)
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: Heno Henrich
Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams Quintet ft. Herbie Hancock - Curro
Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams Quintet ft. Herbie Hancock - Curro's
Published: 2010/10/20
Channel: brassgolem
Donald Byrd - "Cristo Redentor" (A New Perspective - 1963)
Donald Byrd - "Cristo Redentor" (A New Perspective - 1963)
Published: 2013/01/30
Channel: Anthony Valente's Jazz Channel
Donald Byrd - House Of The Rising Sun
Donald Byrd - House Of The Rising Sun
Published: 2013/06/27
Channel: maxitaxiphone
DONALD BYRD, The Injuns (Byrd)
DONALD BYRD, The Injuns (Byrd)
Published: 2010/05/27
Channel: Roger rogerjazzfan
DONALD BYRD, Amen
DONALD BYRD, Amen
Published: 2010/12/18
Channel: Roger rogerjazzfan
Donald Byrd - Loving You
Donald Byrd - Loving You
Published: 2008/10/29
Channel: xekbixsi
Love Has Come Around / DONALD BYRD AND 125TH STREET,N.Y.C
Love Has Come Around / DONALD BYRD AND 125TH STREET,N.Y.C
Published: 2007/11/24
Channel: yuyolove
Donald Byrd & 125th Street, N.Y.C. - Love Has Come Around (Slayd5000)
Donald Byrd & 125th Street, N.Y.C. - Love Has Come Around (Slayd5000)
Published: 2010/11/30
Channel: Slayd5000
DONALD BYRD, Bup A Loup
DONALD BYRD, Bup A Loup
Published: 2010/12/17
Channel: Roger rogerjazzfan
Donald Byrd-Cristo Redentor
Donald Byrd-Cristo Redentor
Published: 2009/04/18
Channel: xatzidakis
Donald Byrd - Love
Donald Byrd - Love's So Far Away Can Play In High Quality
Published: 2010/10/03
Channel: marcandsebe
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Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd musician.jpg
Background information
Birth name Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II
Born (1932-12-09)December 9, 1932
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died February 4, 2013(2013-02-04) (aged 80)
Dover, Delaware
Genres Jazz, funk, soul, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
Years active 1954–2013
Labels Blue Note, Prestige, Verve, Columbia, Transition
Associated acts Pepper Adams, Gigi Gryce, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon, The Blackbyrds

Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013) was an American jazz and rhythm & blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while remaining a jazz artist. As a bandleader, Byrd is notable for his influence on the early career of Herbie Hancock.

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

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, Byrd 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, as replacement for Clifford Brown. In 1955, he recorded with Gigi Gryce, 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 to 1961 with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, an ensemble whose hard-driving performances are captured "live" on At the Half Note Cafe.

Byrd's 1961 LP Royal Flush marked the Blue Note debut of Hancock, who came to wider attention with Byrd's successful 1962 album Free Form, and these albums also featured the first recordings of Hancock's original compositions. Hancock has credited Byrd as a key influence in his early career, recounting that he took the young pianist "under his wings" when he was a struggling musician newly arrived in New York, even letting him sleep on a hide-a-bed in his Bronx apartment for several years

"He was the first person to let me be a permanent member of an internationally known band. He has always nurtured and encouraged young musicians. He's a born educator, it seems to be in his blood, and he really tried to encourage the development of creativity".

Hancock also recalled that Byrd helped him in many other ways: he encouraged Hancock to make his debut album for Blue Note, connected him with Mongo Santamaria, who turned Hancock's tune "Watermelon Man" into a chart-topping hit, and that Byrd also later urged him to accept Miles Davis' offer to join his quintet.[1]

Hancock also credits Byrd with giving him one of the most important pieces of advice of his career – not to give away his publishing. When Blue Note offered Hancock the chance to record his first solo LP, label executives tried to convince him to relinquish his publishing in exchange for being able to record the album, but he stuck to Byrd's advice and refused, so the meeting came to an impasse. At this point, he stood up to leave and when it became clear that he was about to walk out, the executives relented and allowed him to retain his publishing. Thanks to Santamaria's subsequent hit cover version of "Watermelon Man", Hancock was soon receiving substantial royalties, and he used his first royalty check of $3000 to buy his first car, a 1963 Shelby Cobra (also recommended by Byrd) which Hancock still owns, and which is now the oldest production Cobra still in its original owner's hands.[2]

In June 1964, Byrd played with Eric Dolphy in Paris just two weeks before Dolphy's death from insulin shock.

Electric Byrd[edit]

By 1969's Fancy Free, Byrd was moving away from the hard bop jazz idiom and began to record jazz fusion and rhythm and blues. He teamed up with the Mizell Brothers (producer-writers Larry and Fonce) for Black Byrd (1973) which was, for many years, Blue Note's best-selling album.[3][4] The title track climbed to No. 19 on Billboard′s R&B chart and reached the Hot 100 pop chart, peaking at No. 88. The Mizell brothers' follow-up albums for Byrd, Street Lady, Places and Spaces and Stepping into Tomorrow, were also big sellers, and have subsequently provided a rich source of samples for acid jazz artists such as Us3. Most of the material for the albums was written by Larry Mizell.

In 1973, he helped to establish and co-produce the Blackbyrds, a fusion group consisting of then-student musicians from Howard University, where Byrd taught in the music department and earned his J.D. in 1976. They scored several major hits including "Happy Music" (No. 3 R&B, No. 19 pop), "Walking in Rhythm" (No. 4 R&B, No. 6 pop) and "Rock Creek Park".

During his tenure at North Carolina Central University during the 1980s, he formed a group which included students from the college called the "125th St NYC Band". They recorded the Love Byrd album, which featured Isaac Hayes on drums. "Love Has Come Around" became a disco hit in the UK and reached No. 41 on the charts.

Beginning in the 1960s, Byrd (who eventually gained his PhD in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1982) taught at a variety of postsecondary institutions, including Rutgers University, the Hampton Institute, New York University, Howard University, Queens College, Oberlin College, Cornell University, North Carolina Central University and Delaware State University.[5] Byrd returned to somewhat straight-ahead jazz later in his career, releasing three albums for Orrin Keepnews' Landmark Records, and his final album Touchstone, a quintet.

Byrd was a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey.[6] He died on February 4, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. He was 80.[3]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

Transition Records
Prestige Records
Verve Records
Columbia Records
Blue Note Records
Elektra Records
  • Thank You... for F.U.M.L. (Funking Up My Life) (1978)
  • Donald Byrd And 125th Street, N.Y.C. (1979)
  • Love Byrd (1981)
  • Words, Sounds, Colors and Shapes (1983)
Landmark Records
  • Harlem Blues (1987)
  • Getting Down to Business (1989)
  • A City Called Heaven (1991)
Other labels

As sideman[edit]

With Hank Jones

With George Wallington

  • 1955 Live at the Bohemia (Progressive, 1955; Prestige, 1970)
  • 1956 Jazz for the Carriage Trade
  • 1957 The New York Scene (Prestige)
  • 1957 Jazz at Hotchkiss (Savoy)

With Kenny Clarke

With Hank Mobley

With Art Blakey

With Jackie McLean

With Phil Woods

With Horace Silver

With Kenny Burrell

With Art Farmer

With Gigi Gryce

With Jimmy Smith

With Paul Chambers

With Red Garland

  • 1957 All Mornin' Long (Prestige)
  • 1957 Soul Junction (Prestige)
  • 1957 High Pressure (Prestige)

With John Coltrane

With Oscar Pettiford

With Lou Donaldson

With Sonny Clark

With others

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Innovative jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd dies at 80". Townhall.com. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  2. ^ Tom Cotter, "The Watermelon Man and the Cobra", Road & Track magazine, August 2007
  3. ^ a b Yardley, William (February 11, 2013). "Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 80". The New York Times. p. A28. 
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Black Byrd (1972)". Bluenote.com. Retrieved 2015-10-17. 
  5. ^ Dr. Donald Byrd Named Artist in Residence Archived July 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., DSU Press Release, September 4, 2009.
  6. ^ "The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats", The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2003, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 27, 2008. Accessed September 15, 2017. "Donald Byrd -- One of the masters of post-bop trumpet and a noted educator, Byrd lives in Teaneck."

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