Don Byas

Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas (October 21, 1912 – August 24, 1972) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, most associated with bebop. He played with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Art Blakey, and Dizzy Gillespie, among others, and also led his own band. He lived in Europe for the last 26 years of his life.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 21st, 1912 (Muskogee), Died Amsterdam

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1939 - 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 30 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 65188 10-in. 3/16/1939 You set me on fire Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65189 10-in. 3/16/1939 I'll never learn Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65190 10-in. 3/16/1939 Close to five Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65191 10-in. 3/16/1939 Floyd's guitar blues-1 Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65249 10-in. 3/23/1939 (I wanna go where you go) Then I'll be happy Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65250 10-in. 3/23/1939 S'posin' Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65251 10-in. 3/23/1939 I'll never fail you Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 65252 10-in. 3/23/1939 Why don't I get wise to myself Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 66877 10-in. 11/15/1939 I'm getting nowhere with you Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy ; Andy Kirk instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 66878 10-in. 11/15/1939 I don't stand a ghost of a chance with you Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy ; Andy Kirk instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 66879 10-in. 11/15/1939 Please don't talk about me when I'm gone Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy ; Andy Kirk instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 66880 10-in. 11/15/1939 Big Jim blues-1 Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy ; Andy Kirk instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 67010 10-in. 1/2/1940 Wham (Wham-re-bop-boom-bam) Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 67011 10-in. 1/2/1940 Love is the thing Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 67012 10-in. 1/2/1940 Why go on pretending ? Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 67013 10-in. 1/2/1940 It always will be you Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 68332 10-in. 11/11/1940 627 stomp Pete Johnson's Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 68333 10-in. 11/11/1940 Piney Brown blues Pete Johnson's Band ; Joe Turner instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 68334 10-in. 11/11/1940 Lafayette Hot Lips Page Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 68335 10-in. 11/11/1940 South Hot Lips Page Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 68435 10-in. 12/3/1940 Harlem rhumbain' the blues Hot Lips Page and his Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 68436 10-in. 12/3/1940 No matter where you are Hot Lips Page and his Band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca RHT-1 10-in. 5/2/1944 How high the moon Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca RHT-2 10-in. 5/2/1944 Sarcastic day Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca RHT-3 10-in. 5/2/1944 Them there eyes Eddie Heywood Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 30 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Byas, Don," accessed August 11, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103408.

Byas, Don. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 11, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103408.

"Byas, Don." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 11 August 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103408

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