D Byrd@90: Tribute to Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds


A special all-star tribute to the late, groundbreaking musician, composer, and educator Donald Byrd, commissioned by the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (PIJF) and conceptualized by Janis Burley Wilson. The musical director for the project is Sean Jones, featuring Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Gary Bartz, who played on many of Donald Byrd’s hits, Grammy Award-nominated drummer, Nate Smith, bassist and band member of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Endea Owens, acclaimed jazz trombonist Frank Lacy, Pittsburgh-born, New Zealand based pianist, Brett Williams, and surprise guests.  There will be a special appearance from Donald Byrd III, the President of the Donald Byrd Cultural Foundation, and former Blackbyrd, Keith Killgo. 

D Byrd@90 pays homage to the American jazz, soul and funk trumpeter, vocalist and influential educator ahead of what would have marked his 90th birthday.  Next year, 2023, will be the 50th anniversary of the Blackbyrds, Donald Byrd’s groundbreaking band comprised of his students from Howard University, where he was a music professor.  Donald Byrd III, says, “The Byrd family is honored that the PIJF is paying tribute to my father as we approach his 90th birthday.  If my father was still alive, you would be hearing from him the latest genre of Black music. Before he transitioned, he was working with rappers like Guru and others. My father was always staying on the cusp of what is new and what is next.”

Saturday, Sept 17, 2022

Highmark Stadium