A Gala Celebration of Donald Byrd

Barbican Hall, London
Friday 9th Jun 2017 7:30pm
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AGMP are proud to present A Gala Celebration of Donald Byrd, for 2017 marks what would have been the 85th anniversary of the American jazz titan.

At the beginning of the 70’s, the iconic jazz trumpet player Donald Byrd decided to add a novelty element to his music and give it a more funky dimension. In order for this to happen, he put together a band - The Blackbyrds, whose members were his students at Howard University. The Blackbyrds toured and recorded intensively with Byrd from 1973 to 1981. Over the years, The Blackbyrds became legends in their own right, but their contribution to Byrd's catalogue is undeniable. The tribute show will oversee some of Byrds' greatest releases: Think Twice, (Fallin' Like) Dominoes, Places and Spaces, Cristo Redentor, You And The Music, as well as Blackbyrds classics, such as Rock Creek Park, Walking in Rhythm, Happy Music, Do It Fluid and Mysterious Vibes.

The legendary Larry Mizell will be joining The Blackbyrds for this special show honouring the life and legacy of Donald Byrd - a show which will also double up as his UK debut. Larry, alongside his late brother Alphonso Mizell, is responsible for producing a big part of Donald Byrd's catalogue for Blue Note Records (Black Byrd, Street Lady, Stepping into Tomorrow, Places and Spaces, Caricatures), an array of albums that would later define Jazz-Funk and give rise to Acid Jazz and Neo-Soul. Later on, a significant number of songs from these albums will be sampled by some of hip hop's greatest producers: J Dilla, Guru (Gangstarr), Pete Rock & CL Smooth, A Tribe Called Quest, 9th Wonder, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jungle Brothers.

Performing Donald Byrd's catalogue with The Blackbyrds and Larry Mizell will be trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Russell Gunn. Known for his contributions to Wynton Marsalis' Blood on the Fields, Gunn also performed with the likes of Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, and R&B star Maxwell. In 2007, the trumpeter paid homage to fellow St. Louis, IL, native and trumpet icon Miles Davis with Russell Gunn Plays Miles.

Donald Byrd III, Byrd's own son, and founder of The Donald Byrd Cultural Foundation will be making a special appearance for this gala celebration of his dad's legacy. The mission of The Donald Byrd Cultural Foundation is to support the development of youth through the arts by providing programs that build character, promote social responsibility, and enhance cultural awareness for the community.

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Accessibility Information

How to book: E:access@barbican.org.uk T:020 7382 7389/7083Discounts available Inductions loops. Guide Dogs welcome Can also loan wheelchairs. Adapted unisex toilets on stalls level. All floors served by lifts, Hall seating is over 3 levels. The rear of the Stalls and the rear of the circle are the most accessible. Hand rails on one side of steps. A more suitable accessible entrance available.

The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has four car parks. Two are off Beech Street (westbound access only) and two are off Silk Street near the main entrance. Please allow plenty of time for your journey. All car parks have a height restriction of 6'1\". If the Barbican car parks are full, alternative parking is available in Aldersgate Street.

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A free cloakroom service is available immediately prior to performances.
The main cloakroom on the Stalls floor is open from 5:15pm until 30 minutes after the event on performance days. Opening hours can vary depending on our event programme.
Alternative cloakroom facilities are also available at the art gallery on level 3 during exhibition hours.
For your comfort and safety all large bags and packages are required to be deposited in our cloakrooms before taking your seat.


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