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June 12, 2013 Byron has a way of homing in on an artist's legacy and transforming it with intelligence and adventure. In this case, he takes on the music of Thomas Dorsey and of Sister Rosetta Tharpe in concert.
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May 20, 2009 He's a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer, songwriter, pianist, singer and New Orleans native. And now he's made one of the best jazz albums of 2009. Toussaint brings a diverse cast to the Vanguard.
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November 1, 2006 Musician, composer and bandleader Don Byron has a new album out, Do the Boomerang. It's a collection of songs associated with the great Motown saxophonist and singer Autry "Junior Walker" DeWalt. Tracks include Shotgun and Roadrunner. While Byron is usually associated with the clarinet, he plays tenor sax on this new CD.
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October 24, 2006 It's funny how the best track on Do the Boomerang, Don Byron's tribute to legendary R&B saxophonist Junior Walker, gives James Brown's "There It Is" a makeover. Byron, arguably his generation's premier jazz clarinetist, covers James Brown on one of the year's zestiest jazz discs.
September 21, 2006 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with NPR reviewers Robert Christgau, Meredith Ochs, Tom Moon and Will Hermes about the CDs they're most looking forward to this Fall. Hear sneak previews from Beck, The Decemberists, Willie Nelson, Joanna Newsom and more.
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February 21, 2005 With his latest CD, Ivey Divey, bandleader Don Byron pays homage to saxophonist Lester Young. Byron is a prolific musician who gets inspiration from all kinds of music. One of Byron's most-played recordings is Bug Music, heard, among other places, on NPR.
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December 10, 2004 Clarinetist Don Byron is known for musical experimentation with classical compositions, Latin dance grooves, hip-hop and more. Now he returns to a first love, jazz, with a CD dedicated to saxophonist Lester Young.
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September 21, 2004 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Will Hermes, Tom Moon and Meredith Ochs about the most anticipated releases for fall 2004. Hear sneak previews from R.E.M., Brian Wilson's long-awaited album Smile, plus new music from Tom Waits, Elliott Smith and more.
March 26, 2000 Clarinetist Don Byron loves to marry the traditional to the unorthodox. Forays into funk and Klezmer have brightened his unique take on jazz music. Korva speaks with Byron about his new CD, Romance With the Unseen. Romance With the Unseen is available through Blue Note Records, catalog #99545.
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