[Marxism] Donald Byrd is dead
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Fri Feb 8 07:49:58 MST 2013
Legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd has died, says nephew
Influential musician's nephew reports that he died on Monday in
Delaware, where he lived
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 7 February 2013 20.01 EST
The influential jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd died on Monday at the age of
80, his nephew has said.
Alex Bugnon, a jazz pianist, reported his uncle's death on Thursday,
though it has yet to be confirmed.
Bugnon wrote on his own Facebook page: "Donald passed away Monday in
Delaware, where he lived. His funeral will be held in Detroit sometime
next week. I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of
secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family."
Byrd was born Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II in Detroit in 1932
and began his career with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in the 1950s,
performing alongside the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins,
Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock.
While his roots were in bebop he later became equally renowned for soul
and funk, and particularly jazz fusion. He went on to become one of jazz
label Blue Note's most significant artists, for whom he recorded most of
his releases, including the 1973 album Black Byrd, which became the
label's biggest ever seller.
Long after his commercial peak, Byrd's influence continued to be felt in
popular music, sampled by hip-hop artists including Public Enemy, Nas,
the Pharcyde and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and house producer Armand Van
Byrd's legacy is summed up by his nephew's Facebook tribute: "Let's
remember Donald as a one of a kind pioneer of the trumpet, of the many
styles of music he took on, of music education. In sum, Donald was an
avid, eternal student of music, until his death. That's what I try to
be, everyday!! Rest in peace, uncle!"
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