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    Byard Lancaster
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    City of Birth: Philadelphia
    Current Residence: Philadelphia
    Played With: John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Dave Burrell, Pharoah Sanders, JR. Mitchell, Khan Jamal, Sunny Murray, Odean Pope, Sonny Sharrock and many others.
    Instruments: Saxophones, bass clarinet, flute
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    Born August 6, 1942, and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia to a well known local family. Educated at the Berkley School of Music in Boston and began his recording career in 1960. Byard was an early disciple of the late saxophone giant John Coltrane and after Trane's passing became one of the many musicians who carried on Trane's spiritual and musical concerns. As well as carrying on the Coltrane legacy, Byard has also revisited his own West Indian roots in music as well as the R&B and gospel music he grew up with. Through it all, the one constant in Byard's music has been his constant pursuit of beauty in both melody and tone.



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    The study of sound is a beginning for creative development. Rhythms and melody are in everything; the sun, moon, tides, seasons, sex, dance, speech, art-forms. Culture is the message of the people, coming generations depend upon the documentation of great societies. A disciplined artist brings the spirit to the people. Masters Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart, Joplin, Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Coltrane, Marley and a host of others were instruments of 'Divine Freedom'. Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord. Music is the universal language. The ritual, work-rhythms, entertainment, and survival sounds are all apart of it. Musicians synthesize the Healing Feeling. Unconditional love, social relationships, festive moods, these elements are the 'Dynamics of Life'.'

    'The birds sing everyday. This is to say that human beings need beauty.'

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