Jazz Trumpeter Donald Byrd Dies At 80

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.


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