Style: Soul, Funk
Touring party: 8-9
Territory: Exclusive for Europe
Availability: October 2012
seven piece band :
Allan Barnes – saxes/flute
Joe Hall - bass/vocals
Orville Saunders - guitar/vocals
Keith Killgo - drums/percussion/vocal
Benji Porecki - keys
Winston Byrd - trumpet
Paul Spires - Vocals
THE ORIGINAL SOUL/FUNK LEGEND " THE BLACKBYRDS" WILL PRESENT THEIR NEW CD "GOTTA FLY" ON TOUR IN EUROPE IN OCTOBER 2012!
When renowned jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd became the jazz studies director at Howard University in Washington, DC, one of his goals was to introduce young musicians to performing and the music business. He created a band featuring students and older seasoned musicians that could tour together, but arguments ensued because of the age gap between members. So Byrd brought together drummer Keith Killgo and bassist Joe Hall, both from the District; pianist Kevin Toney and saxophonist Allan Barnes from Detroit; and guitarist Barney Perry, who was from Buffalo, NY but went to Howard, and The Blackbyrds were born. Byrd’s protégées had other musical interests in addition to jazz—they also love R&B and rock. The students had no idea where the band was going, they just wanted to play, learn from Byrd, and hear themselves on a record. Soon they were playing shows along the East Coast in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.
The Blackbyrds returned with a single, “Mysterious Vibes,” in 2003 and in 2010 they toured with jazz legend Herbie Hancock. In March 2012, The Blackbyrds released their first new album in more than 30 years, titled “Gotta Fly.” The group now features Killgo, Hall, Saunders, and Barnes, and in tradition with their early mission also features some new younger members including a former student of Killgo, who is a teacher at Anacostia Senior High School.
The Blackbyrds have also been sampled by hip-hop artists such as Big K.R.I.T., De La Soul, Del the Funky Homosapien, Eric B. & Rakim, Gang Starr, the Jungle Brothers, Nas, N.W.A., 2Pac, Ultramagnetic MC’s, and Wiz Khalifa.
“We’re not done yet,” says Killgo. We have some more to say.”
NEW CD: „Gotte Fly“ (2012)