Jazz Trumpeter Donald Byrd Passes
February 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM (PT)
Legendary jazz trumpeter DONALD BYRD has passed. BYRD, born DONALDSON TOUSSAINT L'OUVETURE BYRD II in DETROIT, began his illustrous career with ART BLAKEY's JAZZ MESSENGERS in the late 1950s, peforming in various esembles that at times included JOHN COLTRANE, SONNY ROLLINS THELONIOUS MONK and HERBIE HANCOCK.
Although his roots were in bebop jazz, BYRD became equally renowned for soul and funk. In 1973 he recorded the album "BLACK BYRD," which became BLUE NOTE's biggest selling album ever. BYRD was a former professor of music at HOWARD UNIVERSITY in WASHINGTON, D.C., where he organized a few of his best students in 1970s and formed a fusion group called THE BLACKBYRDS. They released two hit singles, "Happy Music" and "Walking In Rhythm."
DONALD BYRD held two Masters Degrees, a Law Degree and a PHD. He was 80.