Desert Island Discs w/ Don Byron – Part 2

In the fall of 2015, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem debuted its version of Desert Island Discs. It’s modeled on an iconic BBC radio show, extant since 1942, which invites eminences from various walks of life to choose—and discuss—the eight records they would bring for a stay on the apocryphal desert island. For the Jazz Museum’s expanded version, the presenters are jazz musicians, who will present a cohort of music, of any genre, that was essential in the formation and evolution of their musical personality.
This series is curated and hosted by journalist Ted Panken.

About the Artist

It’s hard to think of a jazz, Afro-Caribbean, or new music/classical genre upon which Don Byron, an immediately recognizable voice on clarinet, his primary instrument, has not placed his idiosyncratic, virtuosic stamp as an improviser and composer since he began recording at the cusp of the 1990s. Albums like Tuskegee ExperimentsBug MusicMusic for Six Musicians, and A Fine Line: Arias and Lieder, are 1990s signposts of informed, erudite hybridity, as is A Ballad For Many, his 2006 collaboration with the Bang on A Can All-Stars. A student of pathbreaking jazz composer George Russell at New England Conservatory, and of the eminent clarinetists Leon Russianoff, Byron apprenticed in the orchestras of Mercer Ellington and Machito. He also appears on no small number of important out-of-the-box, end of the 20th century albums by Ralph Peterson, Uri Caine, Bill Frisell, Reggie Workman, Steve Coleman, Vernon Reid, Craig Harris, and Marilyn Crispell. His most recent project is a duo with Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz, documented on Random Dances and (A)Tonalities (Intakt).

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