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Donald Byrd
Feb 8, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2013

Legendary Jazz trumpet player Donald Byrd is believed to have passed away at the age of 80, although news of his death was originally kept a secret.

Donald Byrd was best known for his work as a sideman, playing trumpet for such jazz greats as Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. He was a master during the hardbop era and went on to have a career in popular music, with his album Black Byrd having success in the pop charts and going on to become the highest-selling album on the Blue Note record label.

Donald Byrd resided in New Jersey and is believed to have passed away on February 4, 2013.  News of his passing was kept a secret by family members until his nephew, Alex Bugnon confirmed his passing via a Facebook post.

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

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On Feb 8, 2013. 2:47pm
Ben said

Isn't that a picture of Dizzy Gillespie?

On Feb 8, 2013. 2:51pm
Ben said

Clearly not. I always thought that was Diz practicing on the train! Fantastic picture anyway.

On Feb 15, 2013. 2:12pm
Christopher Lynch said

Byrd was one of those delightful trumpeters from whom we we didn't always hear enough. Though possibly eclipsed by some other more formidable and perhaps more flamboyant contemporaries, he had in his own unique way, much to offer. Coming home late after work, I'm often uncertain as to what to put on the stereo.
In such moments - if I don't put on some 1950s Miles - I frequently drop on "Royal Flush", "Off To The Races" or "Byrd In Hand", all guaranteed to caress the soul as it wanders through a divine night of my own dreams.
All three albums feature some of the world's greatest on thier respective instruments playing standards and originals.

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