DOVER, Del. (February 12, 2013)--Jazz trumpeter, composer and educator Donald Byrd has died at 80.
A funeral home in Southfield, Mich., which is handling arrangements, said Byrd died Feb. 4 in Delaware.
He was a top hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who recorded dozens of albums and collaborated with artists including Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins.
Byrd was noted for his hard-bop style incorporating R&B, soul and gospel.
He later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as "Black Byrd" and later still became known in hip-hop.