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Don Byas (1912–1972)

Don Byas was born on October 21, 1912 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA. He died in August 1972 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. See full bio »

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 2006 Trapped Ashes (performer: "Fall On Lennox Ave", "Bullcorn")
 2000 Joe Gould's Secret (performer: "They Say It's Wonderful")
 1993 Abraham's Valley (performer: "Tenderly")
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 1967 Big Ben: Ben Webster in Europe (Documentary short)
 1939 Readin', 'Ritin', and Rhythm (Short)

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Dynamic tenor saxophonist of the 1940s, a great improviser, who , nonetheless considered himself strongly influenced by the style of Art Tatum. He worked for some of the great orchestras of the time, including Lionel Hampton at the Paradise Club in Los Angeles, Lucky Millinder, Don Redman and Andy Kirk. Replaced Lester Young in Count Basie's band in 1941, but left two years later to play bebop in... See more »

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