Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet has been touring extensively this spring, captivating audiences in Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden, at New York’s Jazz Standard, and at the Bridgestone Music Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Don also found time to perform with his Ivey-Divey Trio in Portugal. He is now looking forward to his upcoming concerts with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint at the Burlington (June 5) and Montreal (July 5) Jazz Festivals, continuing a fruitful collaboration that began with the recording session of Toussaint’s masterful “Bright Mississippi” album. In between all this activity, Byron resumed his one-year artist residency at the American Academy in Rome which will end in July. After his return from Italy, he will perform with his Ivey-Divey Trio (with Jason Moran and Billy Hart) at the MoMA in New York (August 1) and as featured artist in various settings at the Markham Jazz Festival near Toronto (August 20-22). He is also looking forward to touring the Western US in September as a member of pianist Geri Allen’s quartet alongside drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts.
Listen to streaming audio of the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet
Live on tour in Europe, May 2009
Live at the Jazz Standard, NY