Matthew "Byrd" Washington is a saxophonist who has been linked off and on since the '60s with Arizona blues guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Ace. The two met as teenagers, Washington recording tracks with the original Frank Ace Combo in 1963. Some of these recordings have been reissued as bonus tracks added to a new edition of Ace's CD entitled It's About Time. This is not the same Byrd Washington who played in Kansas City in the early 20th century, nor is there any relation to Matthew "Deuce" Washington, a gospel performer.
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