1950 to 2010
December 9, 1932 in Detroit
February 4, 2013
Detroit, Michigan, United States
American jazz trumpeter
Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II (December 9, 1932 - February 4, 2013) was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was best known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a jazz artist. As a bandleader, Byrd is also notable for his influential role in the early career of renowned keyboard player and composer Herbie Hancock. Biography: Early life & career: Byrd attended Cass Technical High School. He performed with Lionel Hampton before finishing high school.