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Cannes - 1958



Don Byas, saxophone tenor
Teddy Buckner, trompette
Claude Gousset, trombone
Michel de Villers, saxophone
Sammy Price, piano
Arvell Shaw, contrebasse
J. C. Heard, batterie

Don Byas - (October 21, 1912 – August 24, 1972)

One of the greatest of the tenor giants. Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

A jazz ex-pat, he spent the last 26 years of his life in Europe and therefore isn't as well known to American audiences as he otherwise would have been.

He started gigging at 17 with bands like Bennie Moten, playing clarinet.

In the 30s he moved to Los Angeles and picked up the tenor sax, playing with Lionel Hampton’s band at the Paradise Club among others including Buck Clayton, Don Redman, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, and Count Basie.

He was a regular at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem and was one of the bebop vanguard.

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