Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II (December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013) was an American jazz and rhythm & blues trumpeter and vocalist. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was known as one of the rare bebop jazz musicians who successfully explored funk and soul while remaining a jazz artist. As a bandleader, Byrd was an influence on the early career of Herbie Hancock.
Pepper Adams, Gigi Gryce, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon, The Blackbyrds
Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II
Wayne State University (B.A.) Manhattan School of Music
Jazz, funk, jazz-funk, soul, R&B
Blue Note, Prestige, Verve, Columbia, Transition
United States of America