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Don Byas

ts, 1912-1972 US, Oklahoma
Musician of Jazz
A.k.a. Carlos Wesley Byas

Carlos Wesley Byas (October 21, 1912 – August 24, 1972), known as Don Byas, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, most associated with bebop. He played with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, and Dizzy Gillespie, among others, and also led his own band. He lived in Europe for the last 26 years of his life.

  • Tenor sax
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Misty on Amoureusement Vôtre by Don Byas
Old Folks on Savoy Jam Party: The Savoy Sessions by Don Byas
Georgia on My Mind on From Swing to Bop by Don Byas
September In The Rain on Savoy Jam Party: The Savoy Sessions by Don Byas
Night And Day on Jazz romantique by Various Artists
Candy on Savoy Jam Party: The Savoy Sessions by Don Byas
Embreceable You on Classic Material by Don Byas
When Ash Meets Henry on Ben Webster Meets Don Byas by Ben Webster & Don Byas
Stardust on Classic Material by Don Byas
They Say It's Wonderful on Sax Greats by Various Artists

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Live In Amsterdam 1960Jazz At The Philharmonic Featuring Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Roy Eldridge, Benny Carter And Dizzy Gillespie, Leo Wright, Stan Getz, J.J. Johnson2018Album
Two Days In ParisDon Byas & Bud Powell2017Compil.
Groovin' High (Live In Haarlem 1964)Don Byas Meets The Jacobs Brothers2016Album
Le Grand Don ByasDon Byas2014Compil.
All The Things You AreDon Byas2012Album
Don Byas At NalenDon Byas With Jan Johansson2012Album
Lausanne 1949Bill Coleman, Don Byas2010Album
StardustDon Byas2006Compil.
Moon NocturneDon Byas2005Compil.
Jazz Ballads 5Don Byas2004Compil.
1951-1952Don Byas2003Compil.
AnthropologyDon Byas2003Album
En Ce Temps-LàDon Byas2002Compil.
GloriaDon Byas2002Compil.
1947-1951Don Byas2002Compil.
Complete American Small Group RecordingsDon Byas2001Compil.
Complete 1946-1951 European Small Group Master TakesDon Byas2001Compil.
Riffin' And Jivin'Don Byas2001Compil.
All Star JazzDon Byas / Buddy Tate2000Album
LauraDon Byas2000Compil.
LauraDon Byas2000Compil.
Melody In SwingDon Byas1999Album
Don ByasDon Byas Featuring Mary Lou Williams Trio & Beryl Booker Trio1999Compil.
1947Don Byas1999Compil.
1946Don Byas1998Compil.
Autumn LeavesDon Byas1998Album
Don Byas Vol. 2Don Byas1997Single
Don Byas - Tenor Sax Solos Vol. 2Don Byas1997Single
Original 1945 RecordingsDon Byas1997Compil.
Jazz Masters (100 Ans De Jazz)Don Byas1997Compil.
Jazz MastersDon Byas1997Album
Don Byas Vol. 2Don Byas1997Album
1945Don Byas1996Compil.
Les Plus Grands Slows De Don ByasDon Byas1996Compil.
1945Don Byas1996Compil.
1944-1945Don Byas1996Compil.
The Three TenorsDon Byas / Paul Gonsalves / Ben Webster1996Compil.
1945Don Byas1996Compil.
Savoy Jam PartyDon Byas1995Compil.
Byas / Berry / ThompsonDon Byas, Leon "Chu" Berry, Lucky Thompson1995Compil.
On VogueMary Lou Williams Trio Featuring Don Byas / The Gerald Wiggins Trio1992Compil.
On "Vogue"Mary Lou Williams featuring Don Byas And The Gerald Wiggins Trio1992Album
Don ByasDon Byas1991Compil.
Mainstream TenorsLeon "Chu" Berry, Don Byas, Lucky Thompson1991Compil.
Coleman Hawkins Vs. Oscar Peterson & Don Byas Vs. Teddy WilsonColeman Hawkins Vs. Oscar Peterson & Don Byas Vs. Teddy Wilson1990Album
Don ByasDon Byas1989Compil.
YesterdaysDon Byas Meets Dizzy Gillespie1989Album
A Night In TunisiaDon Byas1989Compil.
Giants Of The Tenor SaxBen Webster, Don Byas1988Compil.
1947 Those Barcelona DaysDon Byas1986Compil.
Don ByasDon Byas1986Compil.
Recorded In Paris & Cologne 1957 & 1960Kenny Clarke With Don Byas • Lucky Thompson • Martial Solal • Pierre Michelot1986Compil.
April In PortugalLouis Armstrong / Amália Rodrigues & Don Byas1981Single
Don ByasDon Byas1980Compil.
A Tribute To CannonballDon Byas / Bud Powell1979Album
Two Kings Of The Tenor SaxBen Webster / Don Byas1979Compil.
The Shadow Of Your Smile / I've Got You Under My SkinCarlos Do Carmo E Don Byas1976Single
The Great Don ByasDon Byas1976Compil.
Savoy Jam PartyDon Byas1976Compil.
"Ambiances Et Slows"Don Byas1975Compil.
Jazz LionsSonny Stitt & The Giants, Teddy Wilson, Don Byas, Thelonious Monk1974Compil.
Don Byas - Mary Lou Williams QuartetMary Lou Williams, Don Byas1974Single
52nd Street; Volume 2Coleman Hawkins / Nat Jaffe / Ben Webster / Don Byas1974Album
Town Hall Concert Vol. 3Don Byas, Slam Stewart, Teddy Wilson, Flip Phillips1974Album
Unissued Recordings Of Big TenorsColeman Hawkins, Leon "Chu" Berry, Don Byas1974Album
LAURA - Don Byas y sus ritmosDon Byas1973Compil.
"Memorial"Don Byas1973Compil.
Midnight At Minton'sDon Byas1973Album
EncontroAmália Rodrigues & Don Byas1972Album
Don Byas In ParisDon Byas1968Compil.
Ben Webster Meets Don ByasBen Webster Meets Don Byas1968Album
Melodies Americaines ImmortellesDon Byas1967Compil.
The Swing GiantsColeman Hawkins, Don Byas, Ben Webster1965Compil.
The Influence Of FiveColeman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Don Byas, Leon "Chu" Berry1965Compil.
Don Byas' 30th Anniversary AlbumDon Byas1964Album
April In Paris! Don Byas With StringsDon Byas1963Album
Super SessionColeman Hawkins / Don Byas1962Compil.
Don Wails With KennyDon Byas1960Single
Messin' 'Round In MontmartreMary Lou Williams With Don Byas, Alvin Banks, Gérard Pochonet / Alix Combelle Et Son Orchestre Avec Buck Clayton1956Album
Don Carlos Meets Mary LouMary Lou Williams, Don Byas1954Album
Jazz GreatsDon Byas / Stan Getz / Earl Bostic1954Compil.
Beryl Booker Trio With Don Byas In ParísBeryl Booker Trio, Don Byas1954Album
This Is … Don ByasDon Byas1953Compil.
Limelight-Less BossDon Byas, Tony Proteau Et Son Orchestre1953Album
Tenor Saxophone SolosDon Byas1952Compil.
Sentimental / Si Tu SavaisDon Byas, Tony Proteau Et Son Orchestre1952Album
Tenor Sax SolosDon Byas1952Compil.
FavoritesDon Byas1952Album
Saxophone MoodsDon Byas1950Album
Only Wish I Knew / We Fooled YouJohnny Hodges & Don Byas1950Album
Liza / YesterdayBill Coleman-Don Byas & Leur Orchestre / Don Byas1949Album
These Foolish Things / I Surrender DearDon Byas1948Album
Janine / Byas JumpDon Byas1947Album
Somethin' For You / Empty Bed BluesOscar Pettiford & His All Stars Featuring Dizzy Gillespie And Don Byas1946Album
These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) / Six, Seven, Eight Or NineDon Byas With Hot Lips Page And His Orchestra1946Album
Gloomy Sunday / More Than A MoodDon Byas1946Album
You Go To My Head / Don't You Know I Care (Or Don't You Care To Know)Don Byas1946Album
Strictly Drums / Why RegretCozy Cole And His Quintette / Cozy Cole, Don Byas, Tiny Grimes, Billy Taylor, Billy Taylor Sr.1945Album
How High The Moon / LauraDon Byas Ree-Boppers, Don Byas1945Album
What Do You Want With My Heart / Don's IdeaDon Byas1944Album
Tenor Sax Album No. 2Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Ben Webster1942Album
Tenor SaxLester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Ben Webster1942Album
Living My LifeDon ByasAlbum
Danish BrewBrew Moore, Don ByasAlbum
For Lovers OnlyBert Kaempfert, Toots Thielemans, Don ByasCompil.
Les Classiques Du Jazz Par Les Géants Du JazzLionel Hampton, Django Reinhardt, Roy Eldridge, Earl Hines, Coleman Hawkins, Barney Bigard, Buck Clayton, Sir Charles Thompson, Don Byas, Johnny Hodges, Dizzy Gillespie, Claude Luter, Zoot Sims, Sidney Bechet, Bob Brookmeyer, Gerry MulliganCompil.
Les Plus Grands SlowsDon ByasCompil.
Ambiance IntimitéDon ByasAlbum
Don Byas Et Son Saxo Ténor - Vol. IDon ByasSingle
Saxophone GiantsColeman Hawkins - Don Byas - Johnny Hodges - Barney Bigard - Lester Young - Flip Phillips - Ben Webster - Dickie Wells - Eddie HeywoodCompil.
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 10Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Don ByasCompil.
Swing Sessions 7 - 1946-1949Jonah Jones, Tyree Glenn, Peanuts Holland, Don ByasCompil.
More Sax In SatinJohnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Don ByasCompil.
Sax Scene - 5 Tenor Giants.Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Thompson, Don Byas, Leon "Chu" BerryAlbum
Don Byas On Blue StarDon ByasCompil.
Don Byas son tenor sax et ses rythmesDon ByasAlbum
Jumpin' StuffLouis Jordan, Hot Lips Page, Don ByasCompil.
Private Recordings 1944-45Don ByasAlbum
Nuages Argentés / Personne Pour M'aimerDon ByasAlbum
Jazz... Free And EasyDon ByasCompil.
Newport Jazz Festival 3 July 1958/ Paris Jazz Festival 3 November 1965Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Tyree Glenn, Hilton Jefferson, Ben Webster, Billy Strayhorn, Oscar Pettiford, Sonny Greer, Roy Eldridge, Stuff Smith, Don Byas, Earl Hines, Jimmy Woode, Kenny ClarkeAlbum
Tenor Sax Solos Vol. 4Don ByasSingle
Sax In SatinDon Byas, Ben Webster, Johnny HodgesCompil.
Ballads For SwingersDon ByasAlbum
Blue Lou / You're Lucky To MeDon ByasAlbum
Musique de Films Vol. 1Don ByasSingle
The Influence Of FiveColeman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Don Byas, Leon "Chu" BerryCompil.
Das Verträumte SaxophonDon ByasSingle
Now's The Time / Night WindCozy Cole And Don Byas, Tiny Grimes, Billy Taylor, Billy Taylor Sr.Album
In Europe 1959-1966Don Byas Featuring Brew Moore And Bruce Turner BandAlbum
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