Bronx street named after jazz legend and MSM alumnus Donald Byrd

By Bobby Sanabria

September 9, 2017 was a significant day in the borough of music as the late, great Donald Byrd (DP ’58, Trumpet; BM ’62, Trumpet; MM ’63, Music Education) was honored with a street named after him in the Bronx.

Donald Byrd, the legendary jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, and NEA Jazz Master, moved from Detroit to the Bronx in the mid-1950s to pursue a Master of Music Education degree at Manhattan School of Music. He passed away on February 4, 2013 in Dover, Delaware, at age 80.

During the early years of his career, Byrd taught in the Bronx public school system. One of his students was Willie Colon, a young trombonist and soon-to-be salsa star. While teaching public school, Byrd grew into a legendary figure in the New York City jazz scene.

Later, Byrd mentored and helped establish The Blackbyrds, a rhythm and blues and jazz-funk fusion group. The Blackbyrds would go on to create influential crossover recordings that continue to be sampled by DJs all over the world.

To date, Donald Byrd is the fourth Bronx jazz legend to be honored with a street naming. Previous honorees include vocalist Maxine Sullivan, pianist Elmo Hope, and trumpeter Henry “Red” Allen. Additional anticipated namings will bring much-deserved recognition to the Bronx’s rich jazz history.

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“My Funny Valentine” music video by MSM Master’s graduate Jonathan Dely features more than two dozen MSM students

On a snowy day in March 2017, more than 30 music students and recent graduates  — including 21 from MSM – set up their instruments in the sprawling wood-paneled Studio A at Avatar Studios, one of New York City’s most famous recording studios.

This is the room where Bruce Springsteen recorded “Born in the USA,” Madonna “Like a Virgin,” David Bowie “Scary Monsters,” and where dozens of Broadway casts have recorded their albums.

It took trumpeter and MSM Jazz Arts Master’s Degree student (now graduate) Jonathan Dely months of outreach to find the right place for his recording of a full orchestra version of the 1937 jazz standard, “My Funny Valentine.”

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Join us this summer for CAMP MSM! Applications now available: Due January 9, 2017

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Looking for an immersive music camp experience in New York City in voice or instrumental ?

Applications are now being accepted for musicians ages 8-17 at CAMP MSM at Manhattan School of Music in July 2017 — a program that’s unique in New York City.

Set on a college campus in the heart of NYC, Camp MSM is residential camp (with a day camp option)  that provides intensive musical instruction in musical theater and instrumental music.

For more detailed information about dates and fees, please visit the CAMP MSM webpage or email us at: summercamp@msmnyc.edu

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Multiple Grammy Nominee Stefon Harris Named Director of MSM’s Prestigious Jazz Arts Program

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Stefon Harris,  One of the Most Important Artists in Jazz today, will Join Manhattan School of Music  in July 2017

November 14, 2016 (NEW YORK, NY) – Manhattan School of Music President James Gandre announced today that four-time Grammy Award nominee and eight-time Jazz Journalist award-winner Stefon Harris – himself a distinguished alumnus of the School – will join MSM in July 2017 as Associate Dean and Director of the Jazz Arts program.

“We are thrilled to announce that Stefon Harris, who earned both a Bachelor of Music in 1995 and a Master of Music in 1997, will formally return to MSM next year to lead our renowned Jazz Arts program,” says President Gandre. “As the music world already knows, Stefon is an endlessly talented musician and composer, but he is also an extremely accomplished educator with an impressive track record in and passion for jazz education. We know that he will bring that depth of experience to bear on his work leading MSM’s Jazz Arts program, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him home.”

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November 3-6 is MSM Friends & Family Weekend!

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Friends and Family weekend is a fun time for the loved ones of our students to experience all that Manhattan School of Music and NYC have to offer.

From classes and lectures to receptions and recitals, we want to showcase the vast and talented community that is MSM. We hope you will join us! See the full schedule below!

For more information please contact the Office of Student Engagement at 917-493-4525 or cwilson@msmnyc.edu.

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Fall 2016 Concert Highlights at Manhattan School of Music

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Here’s a selection of more than a dozen special performances taking place at Manhattan School of Music this Fall

During the academic year at Manhattan School of Music at 122nd and Broadway in New York City, more than 600 concerts showcase the talents of its current students, alumni and faculty members, often performing with visiting conductors, soloists and musicians from around the globe.

Nearly all concerts are free of charge to the public

The jazz, opera, classical music, musical theater performances and master classes take place in four of MSM’s halls and auditoriums: Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly Borden Auditorium), Greenfield Hall, Ades Performance Space and Miller Auditorium.

This season, featured concerts with MSM students will also take place at the performance space National Sawdust in Brooklyn and at Lincoln Center.

Read our full 2016-17 season concert performance calendar here

Listed below  our short-list for the fall. For complete listings and concert details, please read our 2016-17 program online, or drop by MSM to pick up a paper copy at the reception desk. Any changes in programming will appear in our daily updated listing.

See you at MSM!

SEPT 30

MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra: “The Complete Bird With Strings” – a tribute to Charlie Parker’s orchestral recordings

OCT 7-8

MSM Chamber Orchestra at National Sawdust in Brooklyn: “The House Taken Over”; a co-production of MSM and the festival of Aix-en-Provence

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OCT 24-28

The 1st Annual Manhattan School of Music/ Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductor’s Project: Leonard Slatkin, distinguished visiting artist in conducting and orchestral studies

OCT 28

MSM Symphony Orchestra: Leonard Slatkin conducting; works by Brahms, Copland and Shostakovich

NOV 9 & 12

MSM Symphonic Chorus and Chamber Choir with the New York Philharmonic: “Daphnis et Chloe” at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center

NOV 10

MSM Philharmonia Orchestra: Perry So, Conductor; works by Shostakovich and Mussorgsky

NOV 11

MSM Jazz Orchestra: “Miles Ahead” – a tribute to Miles Davis featuring MSM artist-in-residence Dave Liebman, soprano saxophone

NOV 18 & 20

MSM Opera Theatre “Opera Scenes”: “Desire, Delight and Deception”

DEC 8-11

MSM Opera Theatre: “La Clemenza di Tito” Tickets: $30 adults; $15 seniors and students