Donald, Barbara (Kay)
(b Minneapolis, Sept 2, 1942; d Olympia, WA, March 23, 2013). American trumpeter and leader. Her birthdate appeared incorrectly in the first edition of this dictionary as February 9, the month and day inverted; Cadence (1983 and 1994) confirms September 2. She took up trumpet at the age of eight, and around 1956 her family moved to southern California. In the early 1960s she played rhythm-and-blues in New York and toured the South with a big band. She performed in Los Angeles with Dexter Gordon and Stanley Cowell, and from 1963 to 1972 played and recorded free jazz with Sonny Simmons, whom she married in 1964. She also worked with John Coltrane (1966), Richard Davis, Prince Lasha, Roland Kirk, and other bop and free-jazz players. Donald interrupted her career for five years, then left Simmons to perform with her own group; she appeared in Washington state and from ...