Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Toney’

The Blackbyrds’ Kevin Toney Has a New Partner in Song: His Daughter

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 [...]

Jazz Setlist, April 11-17: The Blackbyrds and Lots of CD Release Shows

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 [...]

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