The DON BYRON NEW GOSPEL QUINTET was chosen for a distinguished touring program for the 2013-14 concert season by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation:
2013-2014 American Masterpieces Tour: [r]evolutionary road
The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation selected the DON BYRON NEW GOSPEL QUINTET for its 2013-2014 American Masterpieces programs. Fee support is available to presenters in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands and West Virginia booking the engagements taking place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. The [r]evolutionary road tour features a critically acclaimed new generation of artists working in quintessential American traditional music genres from blues to bluegrass to gospel to jazz. Each artist paying homage to their roots while moving the music forward in dynamic new directions.
Don Byron has always found exhilarating and unexpected musical avenues to explore, interpreting a wildly diverse range of styles and artists from funk-drenched R&B to klezmer and Duke Ellington to Junior Walker. Byron’s latest project, a passionate, spiritually-charged tribute to gospel legends Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who stretched the boundaries of the genre by combining traditional Christian hymns with the rhythmic disciplines of jazz and blues, is one of several different projects available for touring in 2013-2014. Byron’s New Gospel Quintet includes a stellar line-up including vocalist Carla Cook, pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Brad Jones, and drummer Pheeroan Aklaaff.