David Byrd was born and raised on the musical mecca of 47th street in Chicago, where his uncle, Red Saunders was the drummer and bandleader at the famous Regal Theatre.
On the same block of 47th and Drexel Blvd. where he lived, jazz greats like Gene Ammons played at the Southerland hotel. Mr. Byrd went to the jam sessions that were hosted by Sonny Stitt at the Grass Hut on 79th street and then enrolled in Chicago State University to study under the great Bunky Green, forming a jazz band in 1979, specializing in a jazz vocal tradition called “vocalese” which originated with Eddie Jefferson.
He has carved out a unique musical niche with the combination of jazz and reaggae , forming “Byrds of a Feather’, and spreading his jazzreggae message