Donald Byrd

Born 9 December 1932. Died 4 February 2013.
Donald Byrd

Biography

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 influential role in the early career of renowned keyboard player and composer Herbie Hancock.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Places and Spaces

    Places and Spaces 1975

    Reviewed by David O'Donnell
    Perfectly showcases Byrd's incredible musicianship.