I get a kick out of listening to Art Tatum’s fingers fly across the black and white keys, and I get a kick out of listening to Big L spitting rhymes about the Harlem streets. I get excited about Mos Def joining Talib Kweli on the microphone, the same way I am thrilled by Bill … More About Jazz and Hip hop
After losing the great Dave Brubeck last December, the jazz world suffers another great loss, as Donald Byrd was reported to have died on Monday, at age 80. Byrd’s nephew just confirmed his death today, three days after it actually occurred, which raised some debate and controversy on the web. Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II, was born … More Great jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd passes away.