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Tyrone Birkett is a saxophonist, composer, producer and speaker with extensive experience partnering art and social action. An artist who for twenty-five years has been comfortable in bringing curative and empowering art to prisons, hospitals, and schools as he is to concert stages and clubs. As conceptualist and composer, he has created Postmodern Spirituals, a project that synthesizes jazz language, black church music, soul music & Negro spirituals. A voice against oppression in contemporary times; whether it is the weight put upon people by policy/culture, or oppression of the soul by our own inner conflicts. An artistic form purposed to bring the hope of freedom song into the 21st century, to provoke social change through art for the benefit of the disinherited and disenfranchised. 

In following the footsteps of his father, minister & community basketball coach who mentored area athletes and his mother who helped start a school for Harlem's disadvantaged children, Tyrone from age sixteen performed in jails and prisons. He continues this commitment to community, partnering with organizations doing benefit concerts for food relief, AIDS awareness, and social justice. 

He also made a contribution to the movie “Proud” starring renowned actor Ossie Davis in his last film performance and supported Nikki Giovanni in presentations of her book “On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals.”  

Notable Events

Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center

Schomburg Center for Black Culture

Historic Mother Bethel AME Church, 150 Years of Fighting Freedom, Philadelphia, PA, 

Mattering Forum @ University Settlement NY NY w/MacArthur Fellow Anna Deavere Smith

Riverside Theatre at The Riverside Church

The Greene Space at WNYC

Blue Note Jazz Club

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

York College Performing Arts Center

Harlem Arts Festival

United Nations - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Concert

Rosa Parks 100th Birthday Commemoration Event in New Haven CT

Newark 350 - Bethany Baptist Church, celebrating the 350 Anniversary of the City of Newark 

International - Bermuda, Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montreal Convention Center)


In The Fullness of Time, 2006

Postmodern Spirituals, The Promised Land, 2014



Dwyer Cultural Center



BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award in Instrumental Music Bronx Council on the Arts

Puffin Foundation Grant for the Seven Star Suite