Donald Byrd

7:35 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Donald Byrd Has Died at Age 80

The world-renowned trumpeter went from playing hard bop in the '50s and '60s with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and other leading jazz artists, to being a pioneer in the funk and soul genres in the '70s and beyond.
The influential jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd died on Monday at the age of 80, his nephew has said. Alex Bugnon, a jazz pianist, reported his uncle's death on Thursday, though it has yet to be confirmed. Bugnon wrote on his own Facebook page: "Donald passed away Monday in Delaware, where he lived.