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Jaki Byard

p, 1922-1999 US, Massachusetts
Musician / Composer / Arranger of Jazz
A.k.a. John Arthur Byard, Jr.

American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and educator. Byard was born on June 15, 1922 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Primarily a pianist, Byard recorded on a number of different instruments and was considered to be an accomplished alto and tenor saxophonist, though he also played organ, guitar, bass and several other instruments. He recorded or performed with numerous bands, though was primarily heard as a leader or soloist after the mid-1960s. He recorded extensively for Prestige as a leader and led sessions for a number of different labels in the U.S.A., Europe and Japan. Byard also led a big band called The Apollo Stompers, making several recordings with them. He appeared on duo piano recordings with Earl Hines, Howard Riley and Tommy Flanagan (the latter released posthumously). His most important work as a sidemen was with Charles Mingus, especially the 1964 sextet that toured the U.S.A. and Europe. The pianist was also a renowned jazz educator who taught at the New England Conservatory of Music. Byard was found dead in his home on February 11, 1999 in the Hollis section of Queens in New York, New York, USA. He was initially thought to have suffered a stroke, but it was determined that he was shot to death with a small caliber weapon. This homicide remains unsolved.

  • Piano
  • Alto sax
  • Tenor sax
  • Jazz
  • Latin
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
Garr on Family Man by Jaki Byard
Tillie Butterball on Hi-Fly by Jaki Byard
Gaeta on Family Man by Jaki Byard
There Are Many Worlds on Hi-Fly by Jaki Byard
Hazy Eve on The Jaki Byard Experience by Jaki Byard
Besame Mucho on Parisian Solos by Jaki Byard
Evidence on The Jaki Byard Experience by Jaki Byard
Love Is Here to Stay on Parisian Solos by Jaki Byard
Memories Of You on The Jaki Byard Experience by Jaki Byard
Lullaby Of Birdland on Hi-Fly by Jaki Byard

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
R & BHoward Riley & Jaki Byard2015Album
Stone Blues / Looking Ahead / Honi Gordon SingsKen McIntyre Featuring Eric Dolphy, Walter Bishop, Jr. & Jaki Byard2014Compil.
The Late Show: An Evening With Jaki ByardJaki Byard2014Album
The Magic of 2Tommy Flanagan, Jaki Byard2013Album
Live At The Keystone Corner, Vol. 2: A Matter Of Black And WhiteJaki Byard2011Album
Sunshine Of My Soul: Live At The Keystone KornerJaki Byard2007Album
Sunshine of your soulJaki Byard2006Album
Solo/StringsJaki Byard2000Compil.
Sky Shadows / In The Land Of The GiantsEric Kloss, Jaki Byard, Jack DeJohnette, Booker Ervin, Pat Martino1999Compil.
July in ParisJaki Byard1999Album
Night LeavesJaki Byard, David Eyges1997Album
This HappeningMichael Marcus Meets Jaki Byard1997Album
Live At Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume SeventeenJaki Byard1992Album
Home On The RangeChuck Florence Quartet ,Featuring Jaki Byard ,With Alan Dawson ,And Clipper Anderson1992Album
Piano SummitEarl Hines - Teddy Wilson - John Lewis - Lennie Tristano - Bill Evans - Jaki Byard1990Album
Live At The Royal Festival HallJaki Byard / Howard Riley1987Album
Rhythm Is Our BusinessJordan Sandke + Jaki Byard & Co. / Featuring Milt Hinton1986Album
To Them - To UsJaki Byard1982Album
ImprovisationsRan Blake - Jaki Byard1982Album
PortraitCharles Mingus With Eric Dolphy And Jaki Byard1980Compil.
Family ManJaki Byard1979Album
Giant StepsJaki Byard1978Compil.
Blues For SmokeJaki Byard1978Album
DuetEarl Hines / Jaki Byard1975Album
Flight Of The FlyJaki Byard1975Album
There'll Be Some Changes MadeJaki Byard1973Album
The EntertainerJaki Byard1972Album
Parisian SolosJaki Byard1971Album
Live At The Jazz'InnJaki Byard1971Album
Solo PianoJaki Byard1969Album
The Jaki Byard ExperienceJaki Byard1969Album
Jaki Byard With Strings!Jaki Byard1968Album
On The Spot!Jaki Byard1967Album
Freedom Together!Jaki Byard1966Album
Out Front!Jaki Byard1965Album
Hi-FlyJaki Byard1962Album
Here's JakiJaki Byard1961Album
Anything For Jazz / Different DrummerJaki Byard Featuring Ron Carter, Bill Evans / Elvin JonesAlbum
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