THEARC Celebrates Life of Donald Byrd

3/28/2013, 2:02 p.m.

Come and celebrate the life and music of Dr. Donald Byrd at this spirited concert featuring The Blackbyrds with special guest Bobbi Humphrey. Two performances at 7pm and 9:30pm.

Double Time Jazz at THEARC is proud to present Walking in Rhythm: A Tribute to the Life of Donald Byrd. This one-night-only concert will be nothing short of phenomenal - with performances by local soul legends, The Blackbyrds and special guest; flautist, Bobbi Humphrey. This event will happen at THEARC Theater on April 12, 2013 with two seatings at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm.

The Blackbyrds came together in the early 1970's at Howard University. At the time, their mentor - Donald Byrd - was the college's chairman of the Jazz Studies Department. Byrd, a post-bop era trumpeter, became the producer of the five-man group's debut album. The band was signed to Fantasy Records in 1973 and are best known for their 1975 hit "Walking in Rhythm", which not only received a Grammy nomination, but also sold over one million copies that year.

After experiencing great success throughout the decades, The Blackbyrds were devastated in February of 2013 after the death of their mentor and friend - Donald Byrd. Their performance at THEARC will be a celebration of his life and the music that invigorated so many.

Double Time Jazz is musical performance series, presented by THEARC Theater, bringing world-class jazz musicians east of the Anacostia River throughout the year. This effort is made possible through THEARC's collaboration with WC Smith, The Washington Informer, Washington Informer Charities and WPFW Radio. Each year, THEARC brings programs like this to inspire children and adults residing in the Ward 8 community.

General admission is $20/person. VIP tickets are $35 and include reserved seating and admission to a special wine and cheese reception.

Parking for this event is free.

For tickets visit: http://www.thearcdc.org/events/donald-byrd-tribute-concert