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Don Byron

Primary Instrument: Clarinet

Born: November 8, 1958    

Don Byron

For well over a decade, Don Byron has been a singular voice in an astounding range of musical contexts, exploring widely divergent traditions while continually striving for what he calls “a sound above genre.” As clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and social critic, he redefines every genre of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, rhythm & blues, klezmer, or any jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown improvisation. He has been consistently voted best clarinetist by critics and readers alike in leading international music journals since being named “Jazz Artist of the Year” by Down Beat in 1992. Acclaimed as much for his restless creativity as for his unsurpassed virtuosity as a player, Byron has presented a multitude of projects at major music festivals around the world, including recent performances in Vienna, San Francisco, Hong Kong, London, Monterey, New Zealand, and on New York's Broadway....
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    Do The Boomerang: The Music Of Junior Walker

    Blue Note Records
    2007
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    Do the Boomerang: The Music of Junior Walker

    Blue Note Records
    2006
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    A Ballad for Many

    Cantaloupe Music
    2006
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    Do The Boomerang : The Music Of Junior Walker

    Nonesuch
    2006
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    Ivey-Divey

    Blue Note Records
    2004
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    You Are #6 : More Music For Six Musicians

    Southport Records
    2001
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    You Are #6: More Music For Six Musicians

    Blue Note Records
    2001
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Do the Boomerang: The Music of Junior Walker

Blue Note Records (2006)

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