I met Byron by way of Berklee College of Music in Boston. I believe we were attending Berklee about the same time. I may have crossed paths with him via the Sacramento Jazz Music scene. One of my best trumpet player friends was a local Sacramento Jazz trumpeter named Anthony Coleman. I also attended some Sacramento Jazz camps like the Sacramento Trad Jazz Camp a few times, as a youth, and I’m sure we played sessions together coming up as musicians.
I got together questions for Byron, as I noticed he is a musician, paving the way for other Jazz music artists in the Sacramento music scene.
Here are some questions I asked him:
What does your daily life consist of? Do you sleep in late and just go to sessions at night? Six days a week?
Daily life is spent hustling for gigs, pushing my bands, practicing, performing etc. There’s only one weekly session in my city. I go when I can, but not very often: I sleep in when I can, but not very often.
What is it really like being a “Jazz musician”? Is it really a job?
Yes, it’s a full time job. Most of the work is unpaid, but required.
Do you still practice every day or week?
I try and practice whenever possible. Ideally daily.
Whats your favorite style of music to listen to?
How do you think the saxophone related to the trumpet and trumpet playing?
It’s fun to try and play like a trumpet on the saxophone. The timbres go really well together.
What’s your advice to young and up and coming aspiring Jazz musicians and musicians?
Unless you just want it to be a hobby, you should commit your life to music. Commit or quit.
Do you suggest any health related activities for musicians? If so, what is your recommended fitness plan?
Treat your body and mind well. You will go farther. Meditation, and physical activity that you have fun doing.
And also, check out his bands music: