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Donald Byrd RIP

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I just heard that he died last Monday, February 4, on NPR.
  2. SherwoodGreen

    SherwoodGreen Banned

    Dec 25, 2012
    I'm very surprised that this news wasn't more widely reported; your posting this info was a surprise to me
    Donald Byrd was a GREAT musician; a very iinovative and creative player.

    "Stepping Into Tomorrow" with Chuck Rainey on bass is still very fresh for me.

    RIP Donald.
  3. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    RIP Donald. You'll be missed!
  4. Great musician, and it wasn't reported here either, sadly.
  5. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I watch a fair amount of news and I must have missed it or they didn't report it, not even on the Grammies. Byrd's music was a big influence on me when I was was going from a young rocker kid to digging more groove jazz back in the 70's.

    Fly on Donald......................
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The news of Donald Byrd's passing not made public for about a week.
  7. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Wow! From wikipedia:

    "... In addition to his master's from Manhattan School of Music, Byrd had two master's degrees from Columbia University. He received a law degree in 1976, and his doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College in 1982."
  8. Sorry to hear this. I saw a 'reunion concert' of the Blackbyrds in Detroit three or four years ago (opening for Herbie Hancock at a wonderful outside venue on the Detroit Riverfront. Joyous concert. I believe Donald was already at that time too ill to travel.
  9. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009

    i'll never forget the first time i heard that first BlackByrds LP!:)
  10. Who was donald byrds bass player,sure sounds like Jamerson?
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Jamerson did play on few Donald Byrd tracks like "We're Just a Dance Band," and Chuck Rainey played on other tracks like "Dominoe" or "Spaces and Places."
  12. thank you sir. good stuff...

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