The Blackbyrds


The Blackbyrds photo


Donald Byrd & the Blackbyrds

The night Donald Byrd played there, he was dancing on the main room floor prior to his set. We had whistles and the security were not too keen on us blowing them. Halfway through Donald's set he threw whistles and a few tambourines into the crowd, they gave up. LOL


Martin Lacey




The Blackbyrds advert - California Ballroom

The original Blackbyrds were formed in 1973 by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd

The line up consisted of:

Allan Curtis Barnes (b.1949, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.) (reeds)

Barney Perry (b.1953, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.) (guitar)

Kevin Kraig Toney (b.1953 Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.) (keyboards)

Joseph Hall, III (b.1954, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.) (bass)

Pericles Jacobs, Jr. (b.1951, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.) (percussion)

Keith Killgo (b.1954, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.) (drums)