Monday, March 10, 2003
Innovator Donald Byrd to Present at Lincoln Universitys
Amos Scholarly Annual Lecture Series on March 19 at Universitys
Chapel; Trumpet Great to Discuss Theory of Black Music,
Careers in Field
Trumpet great and jazz innovator
University, PA (www.lincoln.edu) Trumpet great and
jazz innovator Donald Byrd will visit the Lincoln University
campus as part of the Amos Scholarly Lecture Series on
Thursday, March 19, at Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel.
The program begins at 4 p.m. and a reception will follow.
The event is open to the public.
will discuss his legendary musical career, which includes
more than 50 albums/CDs, scores of other recordings and
artists with whom hes performed and three Grammy
Award nominations. In addition, Byrd will discuss his
black music philosophy, his collection and support of
African-American visual arts and what young people entering
the music industry can expect. Byrd, whose unique blend
of jazz, funk and rhythm-and-blues, spans more than four
decades, is recognized as one of the key improvisers of
the hard bop era of the late 1950s and early
60s. Byrd continued to make his mark during the
1970s and 80s with one of the hottest contemporary jazz/funk
quintets of that eraDonald Byrd and The Blackbyrds.
The Blackbyrds are a by- product of Byrds music
and academia careers intertwining in the 70swhen
he served as chairman of Afro-American Studies at Howard
at Howard, Byrd expanded many of the countrys university-level
jazz programs as a lecturer and performer who toured the
duel role and Byrds desire to focus on black jazz
or funkhelped him discover the five Howard University
music students who would ultimately form Blackbyrdsone
of the music industrys top-selling bands during
the 70s and 80s. With such hits as Doing It In the Park
(Rock Creek Park), Walking in Rhythm and Happy Music during
the 70s, Donald created a sound that soon became known
as jazz fusion a combination of jazz,
funk and rhythm-and-blues.
are truly honored and pleased to have Donald Byrd take
part in the Amos Scholars Annual Lecture Series,
said Dr. Alvin E. Amos, professor of Music for Lincolns
Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Dr. Byrds
music is unmistakable and its impact on the world of Jazz
has been particularly significant in some of the genres
that followed such as Rap/Hip Hop. Since I first met him
in the 70s, he has consistently been the consummate musician,
educator and musical ambassador who is willing to share
his knowledge and gifts with student of all ages. Our
students, faculty, staff and the public will certainly
enjoy interacting with him during the day in classes and
come out to hear this music icon.
Blackbyrds cutting edge sound earned the group numerous
R & B awards and three Grammy Award nominations. A
life-long student and teacher, Byrds list of academic
and musical milestones are many. The Detroit native has
a doctorate in music education from Columbia University
and was instrumental in establishing the now-influential
jazz programs at Rutgers University, North Carolina University
and the New School for Social Research. He has also served
as acting head of the Afro-American/Jazz Studies Department
at the renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.
Amos Scholarly Lecture Series was founded by descendants
of Reverend Thomas Hunter Amos, founder and president
of Harbison College in Abbeville, S.C. His father, Thomas
Henry Amos, was a member of Lincoln Universitys
first graduating class in 1859. Thomas Henry Amos died
as a missionary in Liberia, Africa. According to Amos
Lecture Series Committee, Rev. Thomas Hunter Amos
descendants established the lecture series to stimulate
the minds of the Lincoln family in pursuit of a liberal
arts education, with emphasis on the theological, philosophical,
classical, historical and scientific disciplines.
in 1854 as the nations first Historically Black
University, Lincoln University combines the best elements
of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core
curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the
needs of students living in a highly technological and
has the unprecedented distinction among all colleges and
universities of having two of its alumni honored with
U.S. commemorative stamps. Last month, the U.S. Postal
Service honored Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American
Supreme Court Justice, and a 1930 Lincoln University graduate,
by making him the 26th honoree in Black Heritage Commemorative
Series. Last February, the U.S. Postal Service also issued
a Commemorative, first class stamp for 1929 Lincoln alumnus
Langston Hughes, a world-acclaimed poet.
University is nationally recognized as a major producer
of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the
physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer
and information sciences; and biological and life sciences.
April 2003 through May 2004, the University will celebrate
its sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, with an array
of campus and external events, activities and announcements.
For more information about Lincoln University, please
visit our Web site at www.lincoln.edu.