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Encyclopedia > Charlie Byrd

Charles L. Byrd (September 16, 1925 - November 30, 1999), better known as Charlie Byrd, was a famous jazz guitarist, born in Suffolk, Virginia. He was the only jazz guitarist of that era whose primary instrument was the classical guitar which gave him his uniquely identifiable sound. September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining, as the final day of November. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the early 1920s in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... Motto: Nickname: Map Political Statistics Founded 1742 Incorporated Independent city Mayor Bobby L. Ralph Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 1,111. ...

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Biography

Byrd primarily looked up to Django Reinhardt. He moved to Washington, D.C., to study classical guitar with the renowned Sophocles Papas. He later moved to Italy where he studied with AndrĂ©s Segovia. In the early 1960's he was on a State Department tour in South America where he was introduced to a new music, the bossa nova, which was the musical passion of Brazil beginning in the late 50's. Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz had been in Brazil about six months earlier than Byrd, also on a State Department tour, where he, too, was exposed to the bossa nova. A short time later Getz called Byrd in D.C. and suggested the idea that they collaborate on a bossa nova album. That album was the introduction of bossa nova to North America. Django (left) & Grappelli (right). ... Andres Segovia classical guitarist Andrés Segovia, Marques de Salobreña (February 21, 1893 – June 3, 1987) was a Spanish classical guitarist and is considered to be the father of the modern classical guitar movement by most modern scholars. ...


He is perhaps most well known as a collaborator with Stan Getz on the Jazz Samba album, which featured many themes of bossa nova, and of course, samba. Stan Getz Stanley Getz, better known as Stan Getz (February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991) was an American jazz musician. ... Jazz Samba is a bossa nova LP by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, released on the Verve label in 1963. ... Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music created by Joao Gilberto and first introduced in Brazil by Gilbertos recording of Chega de Saudade, in 1958, a song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, first released as a single, and shortly thereafter as the album by Gilberto, bearing the same... Samba is one of the most famous of the various forms of music arising from African roots in Brazil. ...


He died in 1999 of bladder cancer. Cystoscopic view of a papillary bladder tumor (top); the bladder wall is visible on the bottom right Bladder cancer refers to any of several types of malignant growths of the urinary bladder. ...


Discography

Albums

Title Release Remarks
First Flight 1957 -
Jazz Recital 1957 -
Blues for Night People 1957 -
Midnight Guitar 1957 -
Byrd's Word 1958 -
Mr. Guitar 1959 -
The Guitar Artistry of Charlie Byrd 1960 -
Charlie Byrd at the Village Vanguard 1961 live
Latin Impressions 1962 -
Bossa Nova Pelos Passaros 1962 -
Once More! Bossa Nova 1963 -
Charlie Byrd Trio at the Villiage Gate 1964 live
Brazilian Byrd 1965 -
Travellin' Man 1965 -
A Touch of Gold 1965 -
Byrd Song 1965 -
Solo Flight 1965 -
Byrdland 1966 -
Hollywood Byrd 1967 -
More Brazilian Byrd 1967 -
Christmas Carols for Solo Guitar 1967 -
Music for "Villa Lobos" 1967 -
Delicately 1968 -
Hit Trip 1968 -
The Great Byrd 1969 -
Let It Be 1970 -
For All We Know 1971 -
The Stroke of Genius 1974 -
Byrd by the Sea 1974 live
Great Guitars 1974 live
Top Hat 1975 -
Charlie Byrd Swings Downtown 1976 live
Blue Byrd 1978 -
Sugarloaf Suite 1979 live
Great Guitars at the Winery 1980 -
Brazilville 1981 -
Charlie Byrd Christmas Album 1982 -
Isn't It Romantic 1984 -
Tango 1985 -
Byrd and Brass 1986 w/Annapolis Brass Quintet
It's a Wonderful World 1988 -
Christmas With Byrd and Brass 1989 w/Annapolis Brass Quintet
Tambu 1992 -
Rise and Shine 1992 -
The Washington Guitar Quintet 1992 -
Music to Dine By 1993 -
Aquarelle 1993 -
I've Got the World on a String 1994 -
Moments Like This 1994 -
Jazz & Samba 1995 -
Du Hot Club De Concord 1995 -
Great Guitars 2 1995 -
Live At Music Room 1996 live
Au Courant 1997 -
My Inspiration: Music of Brazil 1999 -
For Louis 2000 -
Charlie Byrd 2000 label: Delta
Byrd in the Wind 2002 -
Bamba Samba Bossa Nova 2005 -
Aquarius 2005 -
Byrd at the Gate: Charlie Byrd Trio at the Villiage Gate 2005 Extended CD Release, live
Everybody's Doin' the Bossa Nova 2005 -
Great Guitars Concord Jazz 2005 label: Concord Jazz, live
Let Go 2005 -
Lodovico Roncalli Suites 2005 -
Music of the Brazilian Masters 2005 -
World of Charlie Byrd 2005 -

Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music created by Joao Gilberto and first introduced in Brazil by Gilbertos recording of Chega de Saudade, in 1958, a song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, first released as a single, and shortly thereafter as the album by Gilberto, bearing the same... Heitor Villa-Lobos (March 5, 1887 - November 17, 1959) was a Brazilian composer. ... The Annapolis Brass Quintet was a brass quintet founded by trumpet player David Cran and trombone player Robert Posten in 1971 as Americas first full-time performing brass ensemble. ... The Annapolis Brass Quintet was a brass quintet founded by trumpet player David Cran and trombone player Robert Posten in 1971 as Americas first full-time performing brass ensemble. ...

External links

  • Classic Jazz Guitar
  • Guitar-Poll

  Results from FactBites:
 
Charlie Byrd : Legends of Music - The City of Norfolk, VA (316 words)
Charlie Byrd was born in Suffolk and grew up in the neighboring community of Chuckatuck in the company of local musicians who gathered at his father's general store during the Great Depression.
Byrd took his first guitar lesson at age 10 and played at local high school dances as a teenager.
Byrd rounded out his studies in South America, where he learned music with a Latin beat.
Charlie Byrd - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (245 words)
Charles L. Byrd (September 16, 1925 - November 30, 1999), better known as Charlie Byrd, was a famous jazz guitarist, born in Suffolk, Virginia.
In the early 1960's he was on a State Department tour in South America where he was introduced to a new music, the bossa nova, which was the musical passion of Brazil beginning in the late 50's.
Byrd at the Gate: Charlie Byrd Trio at the Villiage Gate
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