"Pittsburgh Guitarist, **Jerry Byrd**, who is an original alumni of the **JAZZ WORKSHOP INC**. and performed, or, recorded with **Rashan Roland Kirk**, **Gene Ludwig**, **Earnestine Anderson**, **Big Mae Belle**, **Lou Donaldson**, **Etta Jones**, **Dizzy Gillespie**, *organist ***Lonnie Smith**, **Slide Hampton**, **Frank Foster**, **Jack McDuff**, **Sonny Stitt**, and **Freddy Cole**, along with so many others. He encountered and became a lifelong friend of *legendary guitarist*, **Wes Montgomery **(*the guitar he performed with for many years was given to him by the late Mr. Montgomery*); however, Jerry eventually surrendered it to **George Benson**, which is now owned by **Pat Metheny.** **Jerry Byrd** made his Transition to the next May 18th, 2020 while living in Bangkok, Thailand.
Brother Jerry will always be remembered as an ambrosial and compassionate man and musician, willing to lend a light word of wisdom, and always impeccably dressed, while imparting a warm-hearted smile. “***Jerry offers the listener an intimate and spirited portrayal of what Jazz was, Jazz is, and will be in the new millennium.***” ~ **TRIPOD**".