Don Byron New Gospel Quintet

Don Byron New Gospel Quintet

Don Byron

New Gospel Quintet

Saturday, October 6, 8:00pm
at YBCA Forum

Don Byron

Don Byron New Gospel Quintet

Don Byron

New Gospel Quintet

Saturday, October 6, 8:00pm
at YBCA Forum

Don Byron New Gospel Quintet

Don Byron New Gospel Quintet

Clarinetist Don Byron thrives as the iconoclastic wild card of jazz, an intrepid musician who always finds exhilarating and unexpected avenues to explore. He displays a restless intelligence, interpreting a wildly diverse range of styles and artists from funk-drenched R&B to klezmer and Duke Ellington to Junior Walker. Byron’s latest project is the New Gospel Quintet, a passionate, spiritually charged tribute to gospel legend Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The recent Savoy album Love, Peace, and Soul is the result of Byron’s investigation into the blues-based sacred music of white and black Southern gospel. As on the record, Byron will be joined by a stellar group featuring the brilliant young pianist Xavier Davis, resourceful bassist Brian Jones and exploratory drummer Pheeroan akLaff — who first collaborated with Byron on 1992’s Tuskegee Experiments. Byron has always raised the roof across his many SFJAZZ appearances — songs of praise and glory provide the perfect vehicle to do so once more.

Artist Personnel

Don Byron tenor saxophone, clarinet
Carla Cook vocals
Brad Jones backing vocals, bass
Xavier Davis piano
Pheeroan akLaff drums

Artist Website

"Byron has carpentered an extraordinary career precisely by obliterating the very idea of category. " — Time
"He’s not just a jazz musician doing gospel — he is somebody who is really engaging with the subject matter... " — BBC