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Trio Mundo and the Don Byron Trio

Don Byron

It's not a club -- it certainly isn't a concert hall -- but you can get cameras and computers and even luggage here (How perfect for the musician on the go!). JazzSet is at J & R Music in New York City for highlights from Trio Mundo and a trio led by Don Byron, left.

Cori Wells Braun

J&R may be an electronics megastore, but it also does its part for live music, with summertime concerts right across the street in City Hall Park and monthly Saturday afternoon shows broadcast live on JazzSet station WBGO.

Trio Mundo combines world music sensibilities with a down-home groove. Drummer Manolo Badrena and guitarist Dave Stryker are the co-leaders, with bassist Andy McKee and special guest Steve Slagle on saxophones. Stryker spent 13 years working with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine - playing heads and melodies with him, soloing after Mr. T's solos - and Dave wouldn't trade that experience for anything.

The eclectic clarinetist Don Byron's new CD salutes tenor saxophonist the great soloist first heard in the 1930s Count Basie Orchestra, Lester Young. In 1946, Young ("Pres" to jazz fans) made a record with Nat Cole and Buddy Rich; that's the model for this JazzSet, live from J & R Music with Jason Moran and Billy Hart, as well as Byron's new CD Ivey-Divey.

Byron believes Lester Young should be recognized as the backbone of American music and makes this wonderfully thought-provoking statement:

"Lester Young is a little off the beaten path because he's not really known as a composer, but he really is [an] originator of how Americans make melody. I look at him in the same light as I look at Maceo Parker, or guys like Fathead Newman who were around the heaviest blues singer at a certain moment in time. For Lester's time it would have been Billie Holiday, for Maceo it's James Brown, [for Newman it's Ray Charles], with Aretha Franklin she had King Curtis. These players actually are in touch with the way that that particular blues singer is shaping the way Americans make melodies. So, I think that Lester Young should be the backbone of American music."

"Sweet Rhythm" by Steve Slagle
"Carnaval" by David Stryker
"Somebody Loves Me" by BG De Sylva, George Gershwin, Ballard MacDonald
"I Cover the Waterfront" by Johnny Green & Edward Heyman
"Freddie Freeloader" by Miles Davis
"Body and Soul" by Johnny Green & Edward Heyman


  • Trio Mundo

  • Dave Stryker

  • Don Byron

  • Live music events at J&R Music

    Our music mixer is Ron Davis, of A Wing and A Prayer Productions from Central Point, Ore., with assistance from Greg Sudmeier. Dee Dee's recording engineer is Pascal Camille of Média Mix Production in Paris.
    And also: the JazzSet Technical Director in New York is Duke Markos. Producer: Becca Pulliam; Executive Producer: Thurston Briscoe III, at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, N.J.

    Copyright 2007 NPR