Jazz Interpretations from Hank Williams to Bach. A singular voice in an astounding range of musical contexts, Don Byron explores widely divergent traditions while 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, HipHop, funk, klezmer, rhythm & blues, gospel, or any jazz style from swing and bop to cutting-edge
downtown improvisation. Acclaimed as much for his restless creativity as for
his unsurpassed virtuosity as a player, he has presented a multitude of projects at major music festivals around the world. His
countless collaborations range from the Duke Ellington Orchestra to Daniel Barenboim and from
Salif Keita to Allen Toussaint. As artistic director and artist-in-residence, Byron has produced distinguished concert series for the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at New York’s Symphony Space. A gifted teacher, he has led residencies at universities, including Harvard and Columbia.