Don Byron New Gospel Quintet
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation:
American Masterpieces Program
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7 PM

Don Byron and the sounds of legendary gospel artists Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe

For over two decades, Don Byron, a recipient of the first Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, has been a singular voice in an astounding range of musical contexts, exploring widely divergent traditions while continually striving for what he calls "a sound above genre."As clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and social critic, he redefines every genre of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, rhythm & blues, klezmer, or any jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-edge downtown improvisation. He has been consistently voted best clarinetist by critics and readers alike in leading international music journals since being
named “Jazz Artist of the Year” by Down Beatin 1992.
Acclaimed as much for his restless creativity as for his
unsurpassed virtuosity as a player, Byron has presented a
multitude of projects at major music festivals around the world.

Once known as "the father of Black Gospel Music", Thomas A. Dorsey was a pioneer in combining traditional Christian hymns with the rhythmic disciplines of Jazz and Blues - an almost rebellious perspective shared also by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, another key musical reference for Byron. Both stretched and blew apart the boundaries of traditional gospel structures and performance and in doing so created a template for a unique form of spiritual expression grounded in African American culture.

Talk with the Artist Series, sponsored by Delaware Humanities Forum:
Don Byron will offer his perspective on the rich traditions behind Christian hymns and the history of Gospel music.

This tour engagement of Don Byron is funded through the American Masterpieces program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Tickets: Adult $30 - Senior $25 - Child $20

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*This program is partially funded by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.


This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


*This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.