Hello friends. I just sat through a torturously long Oscars telecast – four hours of my life that I’ll never get back – and must get to bed for a long day of art modeling. But I’d like to present this Music Monday before I hit the sack. A couple of weeks ago, the jazz community lost one of their greats, trumpet player Donald Byrd. Trumpet players will always hod a special place in my heart because of my father. And Donald Byrd had some things in common with another man in my life who is very dear to me, my brother Chris. Both earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and both have been passionate advocates of music education, as was my father.
The photograph in this video was taken by William Claxton, who shot some of the most iconic jazz pictures of all time. It’s Donald Byrd playing his horn on the A Train in New York City. The music is “Portrait of Jennie” and was recorded at the Half Note Club, a jazz venue that was located on Hudson Street in the 50s and 60s. This is superb trumpet playing so please listen and enjoy. It can only improve your day. See you all soon