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Jaki Byard
Byard in 1979
Byard in 1979
Background information
Birth nameJohn Arthur Byard
Born(1922-06-15)June 15, 1922
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedFebruary 11, 1999(1999-02-11) (aged 76)
New York City, New York
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger
  • Piano
  • tenor saxophone
  • alto saxophone
  • various others
Years active1930s–1999

John Arthur "Jaki" Byard (/ˈbˌɑːrd, ˈbaɪərd/;[1] June 15, 1922 – February 11, 1999) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. Mainly a pianist, he also played tenor and alto saxophones, among several other instruments. He was known for his eclectic style, incorporating everything from ragtime and stride to free jazz.

Byard played with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and was a member of bands led by bassist Charles Mingus for several years, including on several studio and concert recordings. The first of his recordings as a leader was in 1960, but, despite being praised by critics, his albums and performances did not gain him much wider attention. In his 60-year career, Byard recorded at least 35 albums as leader, and more than 50 as a sideman. Byard's influence on the music comes from his combining of musical styles during performance, and his parallel career in teaching.

From 1969 Byard was heavily involved in jazz education: he began teaching at the New England Conservatory of Music and went on to work at several other music institutions, as well as having private students. He continued performing and recording, mainly in solo and small group settings, but he also led two big bands – one made up of some of his students, and the other of professional musicians. His death, from a single gunshot while in his home, remains an unsolved mystery.

Early life[edit]

Byard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 15, 1922.[2] At that time, his parents – John Sr and Geraldine Garr – were living at 47 Clayton Street.[3] Both of his parents played musical instruments; his mother played the piano, as did his uncles and grandmother, the last playing in cinemas during the silent film era.[4] He began piano lessons at the age of six,[5] but they ended when his family was affected by the Great Depression.[6] He was also given a trumpet that belonged to his father, and attempted to copy the popular players of the time, Roy Eldridge and Walter Fuller.[6] As a boy he often walked to Lake Quinsigamond to listen to bands performing there.[7] He heard Benny Goodman, Lucky Millinder, Fats Waller, and Chick Webb, and listened to other bands of the era on the radio.[7] "Those were the things that inspired me – I guess it stuck with me", he commented decades later.[7]

Byard began playing professionally on piano at the age of 16, in bands led by Doc Kentross and Freddy Bates.[6] His early lessons had involved mostly playing by rote, so his development of knowledge of theory and further piano technique occurred from the late 1930s until 1941,[6] including studying harmony at Commerce High School.[8] In that year, he was drafted into the army, where he continued with piano lessons and was influenced by pianist Ernie Washington, with whom he was barracked, although Byard also took up trombone at this time.[9][10] He also studied Stravinsky and Chopin, and continued studying classical composers into the 1960s.[11] Part of his military service was in Florida, where he was a mentor to the young saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and his brother, Nat.[12][2] After leaving the army in 1946,[2] Byard's musical education continued, through discussions with others, and using library materials combined with music school syllabuses.[13]

Career as musician[edit]

Byard played with bands from the Boston area, including for two years with violinist Ray Perry, who encouraged Byard to add tenor saxophone to his array of instruments.[13] He then joined Earl Bostic's band as pianist in 1947 and they toured for around a year.[13] Byard then formed a bebop band with Joe Gordon and Sam Rivers in Boston, before touring for a year with a stage show band.[13] Back once more in Boston, he had a regular job for three years with Charlie Mariano in a club in nearby Lynn.[14] They recorded together in 1953. Byard was a member of Herb Pomeroy's band as a tenor saxophonist from 1952 to 1955, and recorded with him in 1957.[15] Byard also played solo piano in Boston in the early to mid-1950s and freelanced in that area later in the same decade.[15] He joined Maynard Ferguson in 1959, and stayed until 1962.[15][16] As one of Ferguson's players and arrangers, Byard found that his own preference for experimentation in time signatures, harmony and freer improvisation was restricted by the preferences of other band members.[14]

Byard moved to New York City in the early 1960s.[17] His first recording as a leader, the solo piano Blues for Smoke, was recorded there on December 16, 1960[18] (but not released in the United States until 1988).[19] Also in 1960, Byard first played with the bassist Charles Mingus.[20] He recorded extensively with Mingus in the period 1962–64 (including on the important albums released by Impulse! RecordsMingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady[16]), and toured Europe with him in 1964. Byard also made recordings as a sideman between 1960 and 1966 with Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin, Roland Kirk,[16] and Rivers. His performance on Dolphy's Outward Bound put Byard at the forefront of modern jazz.[21]

As a leader, Byard recorded a string of albums for the Prestige label during the 1960s. Some of these albums included Richard Davis on bass and Alan Dawson on drums, a trio combination described by critic Gary Giddins as "the most commanding rhythm section of the '60s, excepting the Hancock-Carter-Williams trio in Miles Davis's band", although it existed only for recordings.[22] One such album was Jaki Byard with Strings!, a sextet recording that featured Byard's composing and arranging: on "Cat's Cradle Conference Rag", each of five musicians "play five standards based on similar harmonies simultaneously".[23] A further example of Byard's sometimes unusual approach to composition is the title track from Out Front!, which he created by thinking of fellow pianist Herbie Nichols' touch at the keyboard.[24] Popularity with jazz critics did not translate into wider success: a Washington Post review of his final Prestige album, Solo Piano from 1969, remarked that it was by "a man who has been largely ignored outside the inner circles".[25] Giddins also commented in the 1970s on the lack of attention that Byard had received, and stated that the pianist's recordings from 1960 to 1972 "are dazzling in scope, and for his ability to make the most of limited situations".[23] Following his time with Prestige, Byard had more solo performances, in part because of his affection for musical partners he had become close to but who had then died.[26]

Byard also continued to play and record with other leaders. While in Europe in 1965, he joined Art Blakey's band for a series of concerts there.[27] In 1967 Byard played in a small group with drummer Elvin Jones.[28] Between 1966 and 1969 Byard recorded three albums with the saxophonist Eric Kloss,[29] then, in 1970, returned to Mingus' band, including for performances in Europe.[2][30] Byard occasionally substituted on piano in Duke Ellington's orchestra in 1974 when the leader was unwell.[2][31] In 1974–75 Byard had a residency at Bradley's in New York.[2] He also fronted a big band, the Apollo Stompers, which was formed in the late 1970s.[5][16] There were two versions of the band: one made up of musicians in New York, and the other using students from the New England Conservatory of Music,[5] where Byard had taught from 1969.[32]

In 1980 Byard was the subject of a short documentary film, Anything for Jazz, which featured him playing, teaching and with his family.[33] By the 1980s his main instrument remained the piano, and he still played both alto and tenor saxophones, but he had stopped playing the other instruments that he used to use professionally – bass, drums, guitar, trombone, and trumpet, although he still taught all of them.[5] In the same period, he was often heard in New York playing solo, in duos, or in trios.[34] In 1988 he played with a band founded by Mingus' widow, Sue Mingus, to perform the bassist's compositions – the Mingus Big Band.[2] Byard played and recorded with a former student of his, Ricky Ford, from 1989 to 1991,[2] and continued to play and teach during the 1990s.

Career as teacher[edit]

A charter faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music jazz studies program, initially named 'Afro-American Music', Byard stayed for more than 15 years.[35] He also taught at the Hartt School of Music from 1975,[2] the Manhattan School of Music from 1989 to 1999,[36] the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music,[16] and lectured for three years at Harvard University.[31]

As teacher and player, Byard was renowned for his knowledge of the history of jazz piano.[15] This meant that some aspiring young musicians sought him out as a teacher. One of these was pianist Jason Moran, who described their first meeting, at a performance by the Apollo Stompers:

Jaki had all these toys and whistles and bells and things that he was playing from the piano, and also screaming and yelling from the piano in joy. I remember thinking, 'This guy's out of his mind.' After the set, I went up to him, introduced myself, and said that I would be studying with him. He said something to the effect of, 'get ready'.[24]

Moran studied with Byard for four years, and credits the older man with developing his skills, building his awareness of jazz history, and creating his willingness to experiment with different styles.[24] Another student, Fred Hersch, reported that Byard was both organized and chaotic as a teacher: giving his students worksheets and having them study early stride piano, but also behaving eccentrically and missing lessons.[37] Classical composer Bruce Wolosoff was taught by Byard at the New England Conservatory and counts him as an important influence.[38] Pianist and singer-songwriter Grayson Hugh studied with Byard in the early 1970s and reported that, "more than anyone, Jaki Byard exploded my young harmonic mind".[39]

Jazz flautist Jamie Baum also studied with Byard, and after his death organized a tribute band consisting mainly of his students: Baum, Adam Kolker, Jerome Harris, George Schuller and Ugonna Okegwo, called Yard Byard or The Jaki Byard Project, using compositions Byard had left with Baum but never performed.[40]


Byard died in his home in Hollis, Queens, New York City, of a gunshot wound on February 11, 1999.[41] He was shot once in the head.[41] The police reported that Byard's family, with whom he shared the house, last saw him at 6 pm, that he was killed around 10 pm, that there "were no signs of robbery, forced entry or a struggle", and that no weapon was found.[41] The death was soon declared to be a homicide,[42] but the circumstances surrounding it have not been determined, and the case remains unsolved.

Byard was survived by two daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.[16] His wife of four decades had died five years earlier.[31][42]

Playing style and influence[edit]

Giddins described the nature of Byard's piano playing: "His tone [...] is unfailingly bright. His middle-register improvisations are evenly articulated with a strong touch and rhythmic elan [... he] likes ringing tremolos and portentous fifths [... and] barely articulated keyboard washes that float beyond the harmonic bounds but are ultimately anchored by the blues".[43] Byard played in a variety of styles, often mixed together in one performance: John S. Wilson commented that Byard "progresses from a basic melodic statement to nimble Art Tatum fingering to Fats Waller stride, to prickly Thelonious Monk phrases, to Cecil Taylor dissonances".[44] This could have deliberately comic, surrealistic effects.[45]

Byard pointed out that the use of humor did not mean that his music was not serious: "I might do it with humor, but it's still serious because I mean what I'm doing".[46] He stated that his choice to play in a variety of styles was not imitatory or superficial: "I can't play one way all night; I wouldn't want to and I wouldn't want the public to hear me that way".[47] One obituary writer noted that, "Nobody thinks it odd if a pianist underpins melody with stride patterns or a boogie bass. When Byard did that 30 years ago, distinctions were drawn more tightly".[48] Music writer Dan Lander also stated that Byard's playing was ahead of its time, and added that it has influenced 21st-century pianists:

Byard's grasp and integration of historical forms, his ability to embrace tradition and risk taking, was visionary, impacting on a new generation of jazz musicians who understood the history of jazz as a material to build on and work with, at the service of creating something new, rather than as an unmovable weight, fixing them to the past.[49]

A 1968 review of a Byard concert reported that his alto saxophone playing was "in a manner rooted in the bop era", and that he occasionally accompanied himself, "saxophone with his left hand, piano with his right".[50] His playing on tenor saxophone was influenced by Lester Young;[17] Byard himself cited Ben Webster as an influence on his tenor ballad playing.[47]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

Byard plays only piano, unless otherwise noted.

Recording date Title Label Year released Notes
1960-12 Blues for Smoke Candid 1988 Solo piano
1961-03 Here's Jaki New Jazz 1961 Trio, with Ron Carter (bass), Roy Haynes (drums); Byard also plays alto sax
1962-01 Hi-Fly New Jazz 1962 Trio, with Ron Carter (bass), Pete La Roca (drums)
Out Front! Prestige 1965 Trio, with Bob Cranshaw and Ron Carter (bass; separately), Walter Perkins and Roy Haynes (drums; separately); quintet with Richard Williams (trumpet), Booker Ervin (tenor sax) added on some tracks; Byard also plays alto sax
1965-04 Jaki Byard Quartet Live! (Vol. 1 and Vol.2) Prestige 1965 Quartet, with Joe Farrell (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute), George Tucker (bass), Alan Dawson (drums, vibraphone); in concert
1965-04 The Last from Lennie's Prestige 2003 Personnel as Jaki Byard Quartet Live!, Vol. 1; in concert
1966-01 Freedom Together! Prestige 1966 Trio, with Richard Davis (bass, cello), Alan Dawson (drums, vibraphone); Junior Parker (vocals) on some tracks; Byard also plays electric piano, celeste, vibraphone, tenor sax, drums
1967-02 On the Spot! Prestige 1967 Quartet, with Jimmy Owens (trumpet, flugelhorn), Paul Chambers (bass), Billy Higgins (drums); trio with George Tucker (bass), Alan Dawson (drums) on one track; Byard also plays alto sax
1967-10 Sunshine of My Soul Prestige 1967 Trio, with David Izenzon (bass), Elvin Jones (drums); Byard also plays guitar
1968-04 Jaki Byard with Strings! Prestige 1968 Sextet, with George Benson (guitar), Ray Nance (violin, vocals), Ron Carter (cello), Richard Davis (bass), Alan Dawson (drums, vibraphone); Byard also plays organ
1968-09 The Jaki Byard Experience Prestige 1969 Quartet, with Roland Kirk (tenor sax, manzello, clarinet, whistle), Richard Davis (bass), Alan Dawson (drums)
1969-07 Solo Piano Prestige 1969 Solo piano
1971-07 Live at the Jazz'Inn Futura 1971 Trio, with Gus Nemeth (bass), Jean My Truong and Gerald Byard (drums; separately); in concert
1971-07 Parisian Solos Futura 1971 Solo piano
1972-02 Duet! MPS 1975 Duo, with Earl Hines (piano)
1972-07 The Entertainer Victor 1972 Solo piano
1972 There'll Be Some Changes Made Muse 1973 Solo piano; also released as Empirical
1976 Flight of the Fly Le Chant du Monde 1977 Solo piano
Family Man Muse 1979 Trio, with Major Holley (bass, tuba), J. R. Mitchell (drums); Warren Smith (drums, vibraphone) replaces Smith on some tracks; Byard also plays tenor sax, alto sax
1978-06 Sunshine of My Soul: Live at the Keystone Korner HighNote 2007 Solo piano; in concert
A Matter of Black and White HighNote 2011 Solo piano; in concert
1979-08 The Late Show: An Evening with Jaki Byard HighNote 2014 Solo piano; in concert
1981-05 Improvisations Soul Note 1982 Duo, with Ran Blake (piano)
1981-05 To Them – To Us Soul Note 1982 Solo piano
1982-02 The Magic of 2 Resonance 2013 Duo, with Tommy Flanagan (piano); some solo piano
1984-08 Live at the Royal Festival Hall Leo 1987 Duo, with Howard Riley (piano); some solo piano
1984-09 Phantasies Soul Note 1984 With the Apollo Stompers
1988-08 Phantasies II Soul Note 1988 With the Apollo Stompers
1988-08 Foolin' Myself Soul Note 1989 Trio, with Ralph Hamperian (bass), Richard Allen (drums)
1991-09 Jaki Byard at Maybeck Concord 1992 Solo piano; in concert
1996-01 The Changes of Life Meldac 2001 Trio, with Ralph Hamperian (bass), Richard Allen (drums)
1996-12 This Happening Justin Time 1997 Duo, with Michael Marcus (various reed instruments)
1997-01 Night Leaves Brownstone 1997 Duo, with David Eyges (electric cello)
1998-07 July in Paris Fairplay 1999 Trio, with Ralph Hamperian (bass), Richard Allen (drums); quartet with Ricky Ford (tenor sax) added on some tracks; in concert
1998-03 My Mother's Eyes Fairplay 2000 With the Apollo Stompers

As sideman[edit]

An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

Year recorded Leader Title Label
1965 Art Blakey Live in '65 Jazz Icons [DVD]
1973 Al Cohn and Zoot Sims Body and Soul Muse
1960–61 Chris Connor and Maynard Ferguson Double Exposure Atlantic
1960 Eric Dolphy Far Cry New Jazz
1960 Eric Dolphy Outward Bound Prestige
1960 Don Ellis How Time Passes Candid
1961 Don Ellis New Ideas New Jazz
1963 Booker Ervin The Freedom Book Prestige
1964 Booker Ervin The Space Book Prestige
1963–64 Booker Ervin Groovin' High Prestige
1965 Booker Ervin The Trance Prestige
1965 Booker Ervin Setting the Pace Prestige
1966 Booker Ervin Heavy!!! Prestige
1960 Maynard Ferguson Newport Suite Roulette
1960 Maynard Ferguson Let's Face the Music and Dance Roulette
1961 Maynard Ferguson Maynard '61 Roulette
1961 Maynard Ferguson and Chris Connor Two's Company Roulette
1961 Maynard Ferguson "Straightaway" Jazz Themes Roulette
1961 Maynard Ferguson Maynard '64 Roulette
1978 Ricky Ford Manhattan Plaza Muse
1989 Ricky Ford Manhattan Blues Candid
1990 Ricky Ford Ebony Rhapsody Candid
1991 Ricky Ford American-African Blues Candid
1962 Honi Gordon Honi Gordon Sings Prestige
1971 Quincy Jones Smackwater Jack A&M
1964* Rufus Jones Five on Eight Cameo
1984 Clifford Jordan Dr. Chicago Bee Hive
1965 Roland Kirk Rip Rig & Panic Limelight
1966 Roland Kirk Here Comes the Whistleman Atlantic
1966 Eric Kloss Grits & Gravy Prestige
1968 Eric Kloss Sky Shadows Prestige
1969 Eric Kloss In the Land of the Giants Prestige
1998 Michael Marcus Involution Justin Time
1950 Charlie Mariano Charlie Mariano with His Jazz Group Imperial
1951 Charlie Mariano Modern Saxophone Stylings of Charlie Mariano Imperial
1962 Makanda Ken McIntyre Year of the Iron Sheep United Artists
1975 Makanda Ken McIntyre Home SteepleChase
1962 Charles Mingus The Complete Town Hall Concert Blue Note
1963 Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Impulse!
1963 Charles Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Impulse!
1964 Charles Mingus Town Hall Concert Jazz Workshop
1964 Charles Mingus The Great Concert of Charles Mingus America
1964 Charles Mingus Mingus in Europe Volume I Enja
1964 Charles Mingus Mingus in Europe Volume II Enja
1964 Charles Mingus Mingus at Monterey Jazz Workshop
1964 Charles Mingus Astral Weeks Moon
1964 Charles Mingus Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy Cornell 1964 Blue Note
1964 Charles Mingus Revenge! Revenge
1970 Charles Mingus Charles Mingus in Paris: The Complete America Session Sunnyside
1970 Charles Mingus Charles Mingus Sextet In Berlin Beppo
1988 Mingus Dynasty Live at the Theatre Boulogne-Billancourt/Paris, Vol. 1 Soul Note
1988 Mingus Dynasty Live at the Theatre Boulogne-Billancourt/Paris, Vol. 2 Soul Note
1969 Ray Nance Body and Soul Solid State
1957 Herb Pomeroy Life Is a Many Splendored Gig Roulette
1965 Dannie Richmond "In" Jazz for the Culture Set Impulse!
1964 Sam Rivers Fuchsia Swing Song Blue Note
1985 Jordan Sandke Rhythm Is Our Business Stash
1978 Archie Shepp Lady Bird Denon
1981 (Various) Amarcord Nino Rota Hannibal
1974 Phil Woods Musique du Bois Muse



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