Winston Byrd

We met Winston Byrd when he was back in Philly recording with Jimmy Stephens, and we picked up his positive, life embracing energy right away. We'd seen the who's who of people he has played with, and it wasn't long before he brought up the idea of a solo project. Our response - let's do it! A handshake and a beer later it was set, and Winston disappeared into LA studio land with a remarkable cast of young musicians. And now it's here - ONCE UPON A TIME CALLED RIGHT NOW describes Winston's approach to life and music - challenging, energetic, charging in to the fray with the trumpet as his weapon of choice. There are some rather interesting, timeless selections on the record - Byrd has a way of making the old sound new, and the new sound classic. Dig in right here, it all happens this Friday.

Once upon a time called right now

Trumpeter Winston Byrd lives like he plays - dynamic, dedicated, and free - all with an excitable attitude. He tracks his inspiration from Dizzy to Maynard Ferguson, and it shows in his playing as he is fascinated with those high notes. From the Stylistics to Aretha, Chucho and Andre3000, Winston has played with more artists than we can name. Most recently he's been on the road with Craig Robinson (The Nasty Delicious) and Meghan Trainor, but he's also been very busy in the studio preparing his first record for release on July 22. ONCE UPON A TIME CALLED RIGHT NOW features guest appearances from Julian Coryell and Asa Watkins, but also a large cast of young players from LA and Philly. Dig in right here and get a taste.