From Tony Pompa

You're probably getting this news from a variety of sources, but in case not, I just thought you'd be interested to know that I heard an NPR report today (Thursday) that Charlie Byrd passed away last night at his home in Annapolis, MD. He was 74.

In addition to his career as a leader and member of the Great Guitars, Charlie also was a founding member of the Washington Guitar Quartet, whose repertoire included a variety of classical, jazz, bossa, and pops arrangements. As far as I know, Charlie is the second member of the WGQ to pass on. Legendary educator John Marlowe, another member, died about six years ago.

Tony Pompa
Rockville, MD

Read the JGO review of Charlie's video Charlie Byrd: Acoustic Jazz Guitar