One of the biggest of most tenor players, Don Byas’ decision to go permanently to European countries in 1946 led to him getting vastly underrated in jazz background books. His understanding of chords rivalled Coleman Hawkins, and, because of the similarity in shades, Byas can be viewed as an extension from the elder tenor. He used many top golf swing rings, including those of Lionel Hampton (1935), Buck Clayton (1936), Don Redman, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk (1939-1940), & most significantly Count number Basie (1941-1943). A sophisticated golf swing stylist, Byas’ playing appeared toward bop. He jammed at Minton’s Playhouse in the first ’40s, made an appearance on 52nd Road with Dizzy Gillespie, and performed a set of spectacular duets with bassist Slam Stewart in a 1944 City Hall concert. After documenting thoroughly during 1945-1946 (frequently as a innovator), Byas visited European countries with Don Redman’s music group, and (apart from a 1970 appearance in the Newport Jazz Event) never returned towards the U.S. He resided in France, holland, and Denmark; frequently appeared at celebrations; and worked continuously. Whenever American players had been touring, they might require Byas, who experienced opportunities to execute with Duke Ellington, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Jazz in the Philharmonic (including a documented tenor struggle with Hawkins and Stan Getz), Artwork Blakey, and (on the 1968 documenting) Ben Webster. Byas also documented frequently in the 1950s, but was mainly forgotten within the U.S. by enough time of his loss of life.
|1||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 New York with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Left for Europe in 1946 and spent the remainder of his life playing at European jazz festivals and in small clubs in Paris and in the Netherlands to appreciative audiences.|
|Trapped Ashes||2006||performer: "Fall On Lennox Ave", "Bullcorn"|
|Joe Gould's Secret||2000||performer: "They Say It's Wonderful"|
|Vale Abraão||1993||performer: "Tenderly"|
|Big Ben: Ben Webster in Europe||1967||Documentary short|
|Take Me Back, Baby||1941||Short||Himself - Sax Player|
|Readin', 'Ritin', and Rhythm||1939||Short||Himself|
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