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Dec 9, 1932 - Feb 4, 2013
Trumpeter Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture "Donald " Byrd II was born on December 9, 1932 in Detroit.
An innovator and teacher, Donald Byrd was among few to experiment with funk and soul while remaining true to jazz.
After playing with the United States Air Force Band, Byrd earned his Master's degree at Manhattan School of Music.
Byrd performed with many of his greatest contemporaries, including Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
Byrd went on to recieve his PhD in music education from Columbia University, and was a music educator until his death in 2013.
Donald Byrd performing "Blackbyrd" at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival.
Donald Byrd, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
Roger Glenn, flute
Jerry Peters, piano, electric piano
Fonce Mizell, clavinet, trumpet, vocals
Fred Perren, synthesizer, vocals
David T. Walker, guitar
Chuck Rainey, electric bass
Harvey Mason, drums
King Errisson, congas
Stephanie Spruill, percussion
Larry Mizell, vocals, arranger, conductor
Bebop trumpeter Donaldson Byrd was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers during the early 1950s.
Byrd has served as a role model and mentor to other musicians, in particular Herbie Hancock.
He also bares the distinction of being a successful pioneer of funk and soul while still maintaining his career as a jazz artist.
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