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Don Byron
Composer & Multi-Instrumentalist
Boiceville, NY
2007

This award was generously supported by the Prudential Foundation.
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Clarinetist and composer Don Byron is well known for his genre-bending abilities to communicate in the musical styles of Motown funk, experimental chamber music, klezmer, German lieder, and various forms of jazz, rock, and hip-hop. He was the artistic director of jazz at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from 1996 to 1999, and his compositions have been recorded by ensembles such as the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Kronos Quartet. A musician’s musician, he was named jazz artist of the year by Downbeat magazine in 1992 and received a Grammy Award nomination in 2004.

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