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David Byrd

Sunday, May 7th – 4:30-6:30 pm
David Byrd’s Eddie Jefferson tribute
which way west? Sunday concert series

Eddie Jefferson Lives! And David Byrd channels the spirit!

Eddie Jefferson at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA 1978

Eddie Jefferson was the founder of vocalese (putting great recorded solos to words, blazing to fame with the groundbreaking “Moody’s Mood for Love”).

Chicago saxophonist David Byrd was at Jefferson’s last gig, at Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase in the Windy City. and engaged Jefferson in conversation after the show.

But Eddie Jefferson, at age 60, was shot and killed at his next gig on May 8, 1979 outside Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit.

The performance Byrd witnessed at the Jazz Showcase left an indelible mark on Byrd as a musician, and he has been inspired to make his own fame in the fine art of vocalese.

He’ll bring the spirit of Eddie Jefferson to Bird & Beckett Sunday afternoon, May 7th, with a fine band comprising himself on sax and vocals, Nick Tocco on guitar, Joe McKinley on bass and Dylan Garrison on drums.

There I go, there I go, there I go….

There I go, there I go, there I go, there I go

Pretty baby you are the soul, snaps my control

Such a funny thing but every time your near me
I never can behave
You give me a smile and I’m wrapped up in your magic
There´s music all around me
Crazy music, music that keeps calling me so
Very close to you, turns me into your slave

Come on and do with me any little thing that you want to
Anything, baby just let me get next to you

Oh, Eddie… bring it to us, David… thank you so…

Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

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