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Mandrill - 89% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s
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Pleasure - 80% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Disco Funk
Decades Active: 2000s
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B.T. Express - 79% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally formed as the King Davis House Rockers in 1972, this Brooklyn-based septet underwent several name changes, including the Madison Street Express and the Brothers Trucking, before finally settling on the above. Bill Risbrook (saxophone/vocals), his brother Louis (bass/organ), Carlos Ward (saxophone/woodwind), Richard Thompson (lead guitar/vocals), Dennis Rowe (congas), Read more

Brass Construction - 73% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Led by singer and keyboards player Randy Muller (Guyana), Brass Construction was a leading group in the disco movement of the 70s. Muller originally formed the band in Brooklyn, New York, as Dynamic Soul, mixing funk, salsa and reggae rhythms with a more orthodox jazz line-up to create a highly danceable sound. Renamed Brass Construction, the nine-piece group was signed by U Read more

Bobbi Humphrey - 72% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s
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Lonnie Liston Smith - 65% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 December 1940, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Not to be confused with the soul/jazz organist Lonnie Smith. Born into a very musical family, Smith seemed destined from a very early age to make music his career. His father and two brothers were all vocalists, but it was the keyboard that attracted Smith. After studying at Morgan State University, he moved to New York and immersed Read more

Ohio Players - 62% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Dayton, Ohio, USA, this multi-talented unit originated from four members of the Ohio Untouchables, saxophonists Ralph ‘Pee Wee’ Middlebrooks and Clarence ‘Satch’ Satchell, bass player Marshall Jones and guitarist Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner. The Ohio Untouchables forged a reputation as a powerful instrumental group by providing the backing t Read more

Gary Bartz - 58% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 September 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Bartz, whose father ran a jazz club, began playing alto saxophone at the age of 11. He played in the Alabama State Teachers College band, at his father’s club, and studied at the Juilliard School of Music, New York, and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He worked with Lee Morgan and Grachan Moncur III, but his first regu Read more

Slave - 58% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s
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Roy Ayers - 54% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Dance Disco Funk Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 September 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA. A popular jazz vibraphonist and vocalist, Ayers reached the peak of his commercial popularity during the mid-70s and early 80s, crossing over into the mainstream charts. He is also justly celebrated as an important influence on the latter decade’s acid-jazz movement.Ayers played piano as a child an Read more

Graham Central Station - 53% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in San Francisco in late 1972 by Larry Graham (14 August 1946, Beaumont, Texas, USA), erstwhile bass player in Sly And The Family Stone. The core of the group - David Vega (lead guitar), Hershall Kennedy (keyboards), Willie Sparks and Patrice Banks (both drums) - comprised former members of Hot Chocolate (USA), a local band Graham was producing, while a second keyboa Read more

Patrice Rushen - 51% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Disco Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 September 1954, Los Angeles, California, USA. Rushen grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California. She started learning classical piano when she was three, and turned to jazz in her teens. A group with which she was playing won an award for young musicians at Monterey in 1972. She played with a host of artists, including Abbey Lincoln, Donald Read more

Idris Muhammad - 49% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leo Morris, 13 November 1939, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Immaculate, imaginative and equally at home on contemporary jazz and more popular funk and soul sessions, Idris Muhammad is one of America’s most impressive and swinging drummers. Playing since the age of eight, he began working professionally in the soul scene in the early 60s, accompanying vocalists Jerry Butl Read more

Donald Byrd - 48% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA. In the early 50s Byrd studied trumpet and composition and also played in bands during his military service. Later in the decade he was frequently called upon to record with leading bop musicians, including John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Art Blake, Kenny Clarke and Gigi Gryce (with whom he co-led the Jazz Lab Read more

Con Funk Shun - 47% match to The Blackbyrds

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed initially in 1968 as Project Soul by Mike Cooper (guitar, sitar, timbales, percussion, vocals) and Louis McCall (drums, vocals), the group’s rise began when they accepted an offer to back the Soul Children, necessitating a move from California to Memphis. Upon arrival in 1972, Project Soul became Con Funk Shun, having been augmented by group members Karl Fuller (tru Read more


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