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Donald Byrd Dies at 80

Trumpet legend made his mark in jazz and R&B

Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
The National Endowment for the Arts presents its American Jazz Masters Awards to David Baker, Marian McPartland and Dr. Donald Byrd at the 2000 IAJE Conference

Donald Byrd, the trumpeter whose impact spanned the worlds of hard bop, fusion and rhythm and blues-and whose groove-heavy ’70s recordings influenced hip-hop artists as well-passed away Feb. 4. He was 80.

News of Byrd’s death was withheld by his family for unknown reasons and neither the cause nor place of death was revealed. However, a funeral notice posted in Michigan confirmed Dr. Byrd’s passing.

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