Born: January 24, 1965 Primary Instrument: Piano
Pianist / vocalist / composer Warren Byrd is a Hartford native with an international touring schedule after many fruitful years playing Jazz throughout Connecticut, Southern New England, and New York.
Early Years: He’s youngest in a family of music lovers. Showing talent early on, he was encouraged to perform, singing in the Gospel choir at age 4. Also, he was nurtured to love big band jazz early. Would pursue a Theatre career starting at age 14 and had amassed extensive performing credits throughout his teen years. He began composing music at about age 11. Grew into a passion for bebop jazz, especially the music of Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson. Studied Jazz Piano and Music Theory notably with Thomassina Neely, Music Director of Warburton Community Church and R. Leslie Childs Music Teacher at South Catholic High School. Several consecutive summers in the Hartford Stage Company Summer Youth Theatre exposed him to fine musicianship in the aegis of John Johnson, Ed DeGroat, and Stephen Barnicle leading to a curiosity for 20th century classical music, especially Stravinsky. By high school graduation 1983, he’d earn a full scholarship for Classical Voice at Hartt College of Music. He would soon leave to forge his own studies of Composition, Theory, and Jazz Piano....
Warren Byrd - Discography
As a musician - CD recordings:
2012 Tales and Stories – Sinan Bakir / Aslan Records (pianist)
2011 Two of a Kind, A Tribute to Miles & Monk – Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd / Laroo Records-Byrdspeak Productions (co-producent, co-leader, , pianist, vocalist, percussionist, composer, arranger)
2010 Further Definitions of the Days of Awe - the Afro-Semitic Experience (co-leader, pianist)
2009 The Road the Heals the Splintered Soul - the Afro-Semitic Experience (co-leader, pianist, vocalist)
2008 Really Jazzy – Saskia Laroo / Laroo records (pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger)
2008 Yizkor Music of Memory - the Afro-Semitic Experience (co-leader, pianist)
2007 Infinite Possibilities - Beavin Lawrence (pianist)
2005 Plea For Peace - the Afro-Semitic Experience (co-leader, pianist, composer)
2005 J5 – Funk de Nite (pianist, vocalist) 2005 Tesoros del Corazon – Latin Quarter Jazz Collective
2003 Days of Awe - the Afro-Semitic Experience (co-leader, pianist)
2002 This is the Afro-Semitic Experience - the Afro-Semitic Experience (co-leader, pianist)
2000 Let Us Break Bread Together – David Chevan and Warren Byrd (co-leader, pianist)
2000 Truth Raised Twice – Warren Byrd / Byrdspeak Productions (producer, bandleader, pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger)
2000 New Terrain - The Explorers Quintet
1999 Waveout – Mixashawn presents (pianist) 1998 Avadim Hayinu - David Chevan and Warren Byrd (co-leader, pianist, composer)
1998 Bassology – The Feeling that I Get/Reckless Music (pianist)
1994 The Moon Knows – The Explorers Quintet / Brownstone
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