Legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd has passed away according to his nephew:
Since Monday rumors had been circulating via Twitter and Facebook that legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd had passed away but for the past few days none of these reports of the jazz musician and educator extraordinaire’s passing were confirmed and even considered some kind of cruel hoax. However today all those rumors were put to rest when confirmation of Byrd’s passing was announced by the artist’s nephew Alex Bugnon who said via Facebook and emails that his 80 year uncle had indeed died on Monday, February 4th, adding that for some reason other family members were trying to shroud his passing in secrecy. “I have no more patience for this unnecessary shroud of secrecy placed over his death by certain members of his immediate family,” wrote his nephew. So far the exact cause of death has not been made public and, note, there has been no other confirmation beyond Bugnon’s of Byrd’s passing.
Donald Byrd was among that rare breed of musicians willing to explore other styles and influences his whole life, which kept him relevant with many different audiences throughout many decades. We’ll dive into the vast amount of tracks that sampled his work later today, but for now enjoy this original hip-hop work of his, the track ‘Loungin,’ his collaboration with Guru from the first Jazzmatazz album.