Eric Byrd Trio
The Eric Byrd Trio is comprised of musicians whose vision is to glorify the age of traditional jazz while providing an energetic and modern approach to standards and original compositions at the same time. As true ambassadors of jazz, the Eric Byrd Trio have performed internationally for crowds of all ages and backgrounds. With 3 studio albums released, the trio has enjoyed immense popularity and recognition from fans and government officials alike. In 2001, they were announced as Kennedy Center/United States State Department Jazz Ambassadors, providing them the opportunity to tour countries like Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Honduras and Trinidad, among others.
In 2008, Eric Byrd and his trio created a 4-piece horn section to record â€œBrother Rayâ€, a tribute to the late Ray Charles. With songs that may be unknown to the average person, Eric arranged them in his own way to â€œnot beat Ray at Rayâ€. The ERIC BYRD TRIO: BROTHER RAY BAND is currently touring in support of this album. In addition to â€œBrother Rayâ€, the trio has also released â€œTriunityâ€ and their self-titled debut â€œThe Eric Byrd Trioâ€.
Eric also works with McDaniel College (Westminster, MD) and Gerstell Academy, as well as his own jazz camps. All three members of the trio are dedicated to music education in the DC, MD and VA areas. Teaching music is a joy and a privilege.
The trio performs regularly at jazz venues in and around Washington, DC. Live performances have included appearances at Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Twins and Bohemian Caverns. The Eric Byrd Trio has played at numerous festivals throughout the United States headlining the East Coast Jazz Festival, the ARTScape Festival in Baltimore and The Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival. They also appeared weekly at the CafÃ© Milano in Georgetown, playing to guests that included Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie.
Their international touring includes concerts at the Montreux Switzerland Jazz Festival, multiple tours of La Paz, Bolivia and Lima, Peru, an appearance at a world music festival in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the country of Estonia and a 2 week Fall 2009 tour of Italy has recently been confirmed.
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