"I knew damn near everybody," the late trumpeter and bandleader Donald Byrd joked during a 1987 Pacifica Radio interview, reeling off names like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis. What's striking is that, at this point in the interview, he's still talking about his high school years. When the Detroit-born and bred Byrd passed away in February at the age of 80, it was a reminder that "damn near everybody" was, at some… more »
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