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Dec 9, 1932 - Feb 4, 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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