Wednesday 15th February 2017
- Saturday 18th February 2017
£35.00 - £55.00
THE BLACKBYRDS ft. KEITH KILLGO leader/drums/vocals, JOE HALL bass/vocals, ORVILLE SAUNDERS guitar/vocals, DAVE ROBBINS keyboards, PAUL SPIRES vocals, ELIJAH BALBED reeds, THAD WILSON trumpet and WILLIE ANDERSON percussion.
Legendary jazz-funk and R&B band The Blackbyrds were formed in 1973 in Washington D.C. as the protegees of legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd. Assembled from students at the Howard University’s music department where the jazz legend was an instructor they struck musical gold with their eponymous debut in 1973, The Blackbyrds, which featured the stone cold rare groove classic ‘Do It Fluid’. Further hits followed with the proto-disco hits ‘Walking in Rhythm’ and ‘Rock Creek Park’ taken from their albums Flying Start and City Life respectively. More recently the band released an album of new material in 2012, Gotta Fly, but expect these very special shows to be dominated by their extensive catalogue of classic cuts, underground hits, rare groove anthems and their unique synthesis
The Blackbyrds were formed in 1973 in Washington D.C. as the protegees of Donald Byrd. Their self-titled debut album was released the following year on Fantasy Records and was produced by the Mizell Brothers. The album featured the rare groove classic "Do it Fluid" written by Donald Byrd.
1975's follow up LP "Flying Start" featured their first Top 10 single "Walking in Rhythm" which was their first million selling single. "City Life" released the same year featured "Rock Creek Park" and the Top 20 "Happy Music". After releasing further albums "Action", "Night Grooves", "Unfinished Business" and "Better Days" the group disbanded in 1980. The band also released an album of new material in 2012 "Gotta Fly".
lineup tbc but likely: Keith Killgo - Drums, Joe Hall - Bass, Orville Saunders - Guitar,Special Guest - Trumpet, Dave Robbins - Keys, Paul Spires - Vocals.
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