Clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron always explores unexpected musical avenues, interpreting a diverse range of styles and artists. His latest project—a spiritually-charged tribute to gospel legends Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe—showcases musical innovators who combined traditional hymns with jazz and blues rhythms.
Clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron has always found exhilarating and unexpected musical avenues to explore, 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, a passionate, spiritually-charged tribute to gospel legends Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who stretched the boundaries of the genre by combining traditional Christian hymns with the rhythmic disciplines of jazz and blues, is one of several different projects available for touring in 2013-2014. The gospel project includes a stellar line-up including pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Brad Jones, and drummer Pheeroan Aklaaff.
Funding for the American Masterpieces [r]evolutionary road tour is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program. Additional funding was provided by the Delaware Division of the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
This tour engagement of Don Byron is funded through the American Masterpieces program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council.