Known for his eclectic blend of post-bop, traditional jazz, and klezmer, clarinetist/saxophonist Don Byron is a highly regarded performer who first emerged on the New York scene in the 1980s. Following his early work with avant-gardists like David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, and Reggie Workman, he drew praise for his own vibrantly cross-pollinated albums like 1993's Plays the Music of Mickey Katz (in which he investigated the music of the legendary Jewish clarinetist), 1996's Bug Music (an exploration of John Kirby and Raymond Scott), and 2004's Lester Young-influenced Ivey-Divey (which featured the Grammy-nominated track "I Want to Be Happy"). While Byron is most closely associated with reinterpreting older swing and klezmer styles in a modern context, he has Afro-Cuban traditions on 2001's Music for Six Musicians, old-school R&B on 2006's ...
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