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Byrd, Charles Lee

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Born: 1925 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Guitarist

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1925 - Born on September 16th in Suffolk, Virginia. American bossa nova jazz musician and guitarist who was schooled in both jazz and classical music.

         - Byrd went on to fuse jazz and Brazilian music in scores of graceful, lyrical albums.

1950-1954 - Byrd temporarily abandoned jazz to study classical guitar with Sophocles Papas and Andrés Segovia.

1957-1959 - He started recording for Savoy as a  
leader, and also recorded with the Woody Herman band.

1962 - He played modern jazz on the Spanish guitar before the hit Stan Getz–Charlie Byrd album Jazz Samba launched the bossa nova fad.

         - He played some bossa nova tapes to Stan Getz, who then convinced Verve's Creed Taylor to record an album of Brazilian music with himself and Byrd. That album Jazz Samba became a pop hit on he strength of the single "Desafinado" and launched the bossa nova wave in North America.

1973 - He formed the group Great Guitars with Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel.

         - Wrote an instruction manual for the guitar that has become widely used.

1974 - Byrd recorded for the Concord Jazz label in a variety of settings, including sessions with Laurindo Almeida and Bud Shank.

1999 - Died of bladder cancer on November 30th in Annapolis, Maryland.

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