Every year, April represents a month of awareness and appreciation. It is Autism Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Public Radio Music Month, just to name a few. While in the midst of all the events and observances taking place during this busy time of year, be sure to embrace one annual celebration that is centered around slowing down and letting loose: the observance of Jazz Appreciation Month.
On Friday, February 28th, The Don Byron New Gospel Quintet with featured vocalist Carla Cook will perform at Onondaga Communtiy College as a part of the continuing Legends of Jazz concert series.
Don Byron has gained much individual attention for his mastery of the clarinet. He released his first album in 1992. Since then, Byron has been exploring and executing musical styles and themes— everything from hip-hop to classical. The Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, which was formed in 2009, evolved from Byron's study of Gospel music from a cultural and personal perspective.
This week, we venture down to midtown Manhattan to the place known as "The Jazz Corner Of The World." A jazz club that has hosted the best of the best since it opened in 1949. Come join me as we explore the wonderful world of Birdland.