TIR 15: Kevin Toney Opens Up About Unfinished Blackbyrds Business


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on the One: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in this three-part series: Keyboardist / composer Kevin Toney, former leader of the sensational funk-jazz group The Blackbyrds, which was founded in the early 1970s by renowned trumpeter, and at the time Chairman of Howard University’s Department of Jazz Studies, Donald Byrd. The Blackbyrds notched 10 top 40 R&B hits such as “Do It, Fluid,” “Walking in Rhythm, “Happy Music,” “Rock Creek Park,” “City Life,” “Flying High,” “Time Is Movin’,” “Soft and Easy,” “Supernatural Feeling” and “Unfinished Business.” Post-Blackbyrds, Toney established himself on record and on stage as a formidable and highly regarded jazz pianist, as well as an author with two published books, and as a public speaker (Part 3).

Find out how Toney began his life of music; about his college years and formation of The Blackbyrds; the band’s albums and tracks that have gone from hits to classics; why the group disbanded; the launching of his solo jazz career in the 1980s to present; and his other varied interests and causes.

Recorded July 2017


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