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Get to know the Eric Byrd Trio:

Career Highlights

  • Their “Twenty” won the 2022 Wammie Award for Jazz Recording of the year
  • Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan bestowed a prestigious Governor’s Citation upon the Trio, “in recognition and celebration of 20 years  delighting audiences across the globe.”
  • Former Kennedy Center/U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors.
  • 2020 Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award Winners for artistic achievement
  • A member of the prestigious Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster
  • Toured South America, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern & Western Europe, and the Middle East, including such major events as the historic Montreux Jazz Festival.
  • Educators with advanced degrees in Music History, African American Music, and Jazz Performance. They frequently give clinics on music history, jazz, and the relationship between the spirituals/gospel, blues, and jazz.
  • Experience all EBT configurations here



The Eric Byrd Trio are Ambassadors of Gospel, Blues and Jazz.

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For over 20 years, The Eric Byrd Trio (EBT), pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. Their body of work spans seven unique studio and live recordings on which they shine as a Trio and as collaborators with an expanded 8-piece ensemble they call The Eric Byrd Trio: Brother Ray Band, in tribute to The Genius of Soul icon Ray Charles. On each recording, they take a rigorous, modern approach to standards as well as original compositions, playing with great acuity within the broad and rich jazz tradition.

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“Byrd, Khalsa and Young are superb behind the horns and turn in vintage performances of their own.  Byrd throws in a few vocals and I can picture the congregation swingin’ and swayin’ along to the message. Hallelujah!”

—BeBop Spoken Here

“The pairing of jazz and spiritual music sometimes fares well and sometimes not. This album is one of the times where the pairing fares well. Very well in fact.”

—Bruce Von Stiers, BVS Reviews

Saints Are Still Marching sounds like a success. The Eric Byrd Trio never stops sounding like a jazz band, but the group’s fluency in the languages of gospel and soul music helps to highlight the songs’ original purpose.”

—Dodie Miller-Gould, Lemonwire

“The joy and splendor of an outdoor tent revival in your own home, this music is so well performed that it sets a new standard.”

—Grady Harp, Amazon

“A compilation of standards and original tunes, the recording overflows with fluid lines and melodic swells, which have the effect of delighting the aural faculties.”

—Susan Frances

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Phone: 240 513 8824

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