On Tour With Don Byron

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[Updated 12/11/2004]

Repeatedly voted Best Jazz Clarinetist by the readers of Downbeat Magazine, Don Byron fuses fierce musicianship with astonishing intellectual curiosity to create some of the most interesting music being performed today. Included here are photos from tours and performances covering the last three years.

As Time Magazine put it: "Calling Don Byron a jazz musician is like calling the Pacific wet—it just doesn’t begin to describe it." Over the last few years, during tours with Don Byron and his band, I have had the opportunity to shoot both rehearsals and performances in a variety of large and small venues. Included below are galleries from several different tours and performances from around the world.

Don Byron Quartet, Whitney Museum, NY 2004

Don Byron, Bill Frisell, Kermit Driscoll, and Pheeroan akLaff perform in conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Romare Bearden at the Whitney Museum. This performance marks the New York debut of Byron’s new quartet, with Bill Frisell standing in for violinist Hugh Marsh.

All images Copyright © 2001-2005 by Ben Long

Ivey Divey in Concert, San Francisco 2004

Don Byron, Jason Moran and Jack DeJohnette playing Lester Young, Miles Davis, and other tunes from their latest album, as part of the San Francisco Jazz Festival

All images Copyright © 2001-2005 by Ben Long

Bug Music for Juniors, New York, 2004

How do you get to Broadway? Play lots of Raymond Scott, Duke Ellington, and John Kirby tunes. Bug Music for Juniors installs at the New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street, for three weeks.

All images Copyright © 2001-2005 by Ben Long

Zealand, 2004

Music for Six Musicians + 1 goes to the New Zealand International Arts Festival in downtown Wellington. An expanded version of Don’s Six Musicians line-up.

All images Copyright © 2001-2005 by Ben Long

Space, 2003

For his third "Contrasting Brilliance" show, Don uses his Symphony Space Adventurers Orchestra in a show that presents the music of Herb Alpert, and Earth,Wind, and Fire.

All images Copyright © 2001-2005 by Ben Long

Space, 2002

On the occasion of his birthday, Don puts up a big band performance consisting of half Raymond Scott tunes, and half Igor Stravinsky.

All images Copyright © 2001-2005 by Ben Long


Don Byron’s Music for Six Musicians toured from north to south in England in 2002, playing in London, Leeds, Kendal, Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton and others. In addition to Six Musicians performances, Bug Music for Juniors, a children’s performance was performed in each venue.

All images Copyright © 2001-2005 by Ben Long

The images in these galleries may not be used in any form (print or electronic) without the express permission of the photographer.

Related Links:
Shooting in the Dark
Tin Hat Trio at Stern Grove

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