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Carlos Wesley (Don) Byas (October 21, 1912–August 24, 1972) was a jazz tenor saxophonist born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in the United States. Although his long residence in Europe kept him out of the public eye in the United States, he is a significant influence on later players of his instrument.

Early life (1912-1932) Both of Byas' parents were musical: his mother played the piano and father the clarinet. Byas started his training in classical music, first on the violin… read more

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  • i realize that the term "underrated" is completely overrated now, but i don't care, because he really does deserve to be up on the Mt. Rushmore of Saxophone players.
  • Really love this man's sound! :) Also, I uploaded this pic tonight http://www.last.fm/music/Don+Byas/+images/55581343
  • Happy 98th Birthday!
  • amazing
  • I guess my vote does count.
  • Wow, they still incorrectly show a pic of Bud Powell, instead of Don Byas. Anyway, he's one of the fountainheads of modern jazz as it sprang from the head of small band swing. A Blackbelt of the tenor!
  • Gracias, Don Byas es muy bonito
  • A complete master of the tenor saxophone and of the art of jazz.

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