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
tpompa@hotmail.com

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