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Byrd in his prime

Donald Byrd
Page added Feb 20, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013

Trumpeter Donald Byrd died recently and on Jazztrack we hear him in great form in a 1961 Blue Note session with a young Herbie Hancock.

Donald Byrd was a popular artist for Blue Note from the late 50's and he also brought Herbie Hancock to the public's attention with his 1961 album Royal Flush.

Also on the program... some rare Louis Armstrong taken from radio broadcasts in the mid 40s' and Frank Sinatra joins him for one tune.

Miles Davis' sextet minus Miles created a fine 1959 album for the Mercury label one month before recording Kind of Blue and you'll hear Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane stretch out on a blues.

Plus recent recordings featuring Mark Lockett, Marialy Pacheco and Cyrille Aimee.

See the complete playlist here.

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Feb 23, 2013. 5:05pm - 7:00pm
Feb 26, 2013. 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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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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