Jazz Legend Dies

Charlie Byrd, who fused Latin, classical, and jazz styles and was considered one of the world’s most versatile guitarists, died Thursday of cancer. He was 74. During a career that spanned five decades, Byrd recorded more than 100 albums, one as recently as September. Many of those recordings were with his Charlie Byrd Trio, which included his brother, Joe Byrd, on bass. Byrd might be best known for his influence on Brazilian jazz. His 1963 collaboration with Stan Getz, “Jazz Samba,” is credited with launching a bossa nova craze in America. (For other deaths, see PASSAGES.)

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