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The Blackbyrds

Formed in 1973, the Blackbyrds were an R&B-influenced jazz fusion group led by trumpeter Donald Byrd. Byrd had already enjoyed a successful career as a hard bop trumpeter throughout the ‘50s and ‘60s, and the Blackbyrds built on his fusion experiments in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Members were chosen from students in the music department at Howard University, where Byrd was a professor. Despite line-up changes, the Blackbyrds remained together for 10 years, releasing, among other albums, a self-titled… Show more

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