Some people believe “Rock Creek Park” is the official song of Washington, D.C.—or, at least, that it should be. The Blackbyrds, who co-wrote the 1976 hit, were pushed out the Howard University classroom and on international tour by the late trumpeter Donald Byrd, head of jazz studies at the university. Since then, artists ranging from Public Enemy [...]
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Within the guano-labyrinth that is Wikipedia, this is one of my favorite sentences: “The Ultimate Warriors were a bivocal Powerviolence band from Nazareth, Pennsylvania.” Members of the Ultimate Warriors eventually founded Pissed Jeans, a univocal band that performs throbbing, eruptive guitar music with weird and/or obnoxious moanin’ and hollerin’ by a deceptively incisive frontman named Matt [...]
Friday, April 12
The passing of trumpeter Donald Byrd, as we've noted before, bore particular significance for the District. But even with lofty achievements like the legitimizing of jazz within academia, and at Howard University in particular, Byrd's musical legacy was most obviously distilled in The Blackbyrds. To form the ensemble, Byrd rounded up some of his [...]
Donald Byrd, a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts jazz master who spent several years in Washington as founding director of Howard University’s Jazz Studies program, died at his Delaware home on Feb. 4. He was 80 years old.
After nearly a week of rumors, scads of unconfirmed reports, and a Facebook announcement [...]