Innovative trumpeter Donald Byrd, among the top hard-bop players of the 1950s, dies at 80

  • by: RANDALL CHASE and KATIE ZEZIMA , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 12, 2013 - 12:12 AM

DOVER, Del. - Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as "Black Byrd," has died. He was 80.

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