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Byas, Don

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Personal name headingByas, Don
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Variant(s)Byas, Carlos Wesley
Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1912-10-21
Death date1972-08-24
Place of birthMuskogee (Okla.)
Place of deathAmsterdam (Netherlands)
AffiliationCount Basie Big Band Esquire All-Americans
Profession or occupationSaxophonists
Found inMidnight at Minton's. [Phonodisc] 1973.
New Grove dict. of jazz (Byas, Don (Carlos Wesley); b. Oct. 21, 1912, Muskogee, OK, d. Aug. 24, 1972, Amsterdam; tenor saxophonist)
African American National Biography, accessed July 06, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Byas, Don; Carlos Wesley Byas; saxophonist; born 21 October 1912 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States; joined the Count Basie Band and took over the chair in Basie's band (1941); led his own quartet and quintet in a variety of venues and sessions (1945); won the Esquire Silver Award, performed in January with Leonard Feather's Esquire All-Americans; worked frequently as a soloist throughout Europe and performed regularly at festivals such as the Paris Jazz Fair; recorded some extraordinary sessions for Vogue with Roy Eldridge (1950s); appeared at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival, and shared the stage with Hawkins and Benny Carter for a 1960 Jazz at the Philharmonic tour; a quartet date in Holland that included the Spanish pianist Tete Montelieu; died 24 August 1972 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)