Yvonne Warner Mar 08 2009 | Just Saying Hi
I was thinking about you
Your correspondence with Richard Smallwood was great to read and intersting;you and I have something very unique in"Donald Byrd". He use to be my babysitter when I was a little girl (7,8,9 y/0). His Aunt and my Mother were girlfriends and use to go stomping at the famous "Savoy" club in Harlem, NY and my Mother always left me with Donald. Let me tell you a funny story,but true. I would sit for hours and listen to Donald practice his trumpet, I didn't have a clue what I was listening to; it all sounded like noise to me,at that time. He was attending City College in NY, I believe studying with Billy Taylor? Any way this particular evening the neighbors had enough and called the police on him to stop playing the trumpet. He stomped out into the hallway(from the 1st flr)mad,mad and shouted, "Someday you will pay to listen to me play!" And they Did & Do!
Now I read in your corresponding with Richard Smallwood; you studied under Donald Byrd, how wonderful is that