Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II, known as Donald Byrd, passed away February 4, 2013 at the age of eighty. Byrd was a superb trumpet player whose music spanned a period of some five deacdes. After playing with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school and service in the United States Air Force, Byrd completed his bachelor's degree in music at Wayne State University in 1954 and moved to New York in 1955 to get his master's at the Manhattan School of Music.
Once again this year The Blues Society of Omaha is sponsoring a show that will benefit the annual toy drive for the children of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The concert is Sunday December 2nd at the 21st Saloon located at 4727 South 96th Plaza just south of L Street. Music starts at 3:00PM and will feature Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, The Loose Brothers and Christy Rossiter & 122 North Duck. Local musician Lash LaRue is in his tenth year of hosting events to raise funds and awareness of conditions in
Tommy Castro joins the previously announced lineup for the October 12th Playing with Fire Fundraiser Concert at Slowdown. The October show is the first in a series of fundraiser concerts supporting the FREE Playing with Fire Summer Concert held each year on the Lewis & Clark Landing along Omaha’s Riverfront. The series kicks off on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:30PM featuring Curtis Salgado, Joe Louis Walker,Tommy Castroand the Painkillers.
NPR Music will provide coverage of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival on August 4th and 5th. You can watch live video of the performances at www.npr.org/music. Among those scheduled to perform are Pat Metheny, Bill Frissell, Dianne Reeves, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Maria Schneider Orchestra and Jason Moran. The full schedule can be seen at the web site.
A prolific recording artist, drummer Matt Wilson has appeared on over 250 records. Touring and performing worldwide, he performed recently at the Iowa City Jazz Festival with Mumbo Jumbo: A Tribute To Paul Motian.
Pete Cosey, a Chicago guitarist who was known for his work with the Miles Davis band from 1973-1975, passed away on May 30th. He was 68. Cosey's intense, roaring guitar work fed through wah-wah distortion was a important part of the Miles Davis sound of the mid 1970s.