October 30, 2008
The Joe Byrd Trio and Quartet farewell concerts at Loews Annapolis Powerhouse last weekend were sold out, filled with fans who witnessed the end of an era of authentic, sophisticated American jazz that has been at home in Annapolis the past 40 years. Joe Byrd has been playing bass for 50 years - 40 years with his world-class guitarist brother Charlie Byrd. After Charlie's death in 1999, Joe maintained his style of jazz with administrative support from Elana, his wife of 31 years. Elana Byrd, a lawyer who also acts as her husband's promoter and agent, serves as concert emcee.
November 18, 2007
Jazz concert -- Loews Annapolis Hotel and Joe Byrd Jazz will present Jazz at the Powerhouse at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 126 West St., Annapolis. The Joe Byrd trio, featuring Nate Najar and Kevin Whisman, will perform at the 7th annual tribute concert to Charlie Byrd (above). Proceeds benefit the Charlie Byrd Scholarship fund at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Reservations are required. 410-269-0777.
June 30, 2006
The indigenous American art form of vintage jazz was recently celebrated at Loews' Powerhouse in Annapolis. The event was hosted by Elana Byrd, who with her husband - bassist Joe Byrd - has promoted a resurgence of jazz in Annapolis. Joe Byrd is the brother of the late jazz legend Charlie Byrd, and the Charlie Byrd Trio for years was a main draw of the King of France Tavern at the Maryland Inn. The June 23--24 weekend closed the Powerhouse jazz season for the summer, with Friday night featuring the newly formed Powerhouse Six led by clarinetist Bob Thulman in a program of Dixieland and ragtime.
January 23, 2004
Ever since last fall's closure of the legendary King of France Tavern on Church Circle, the Annapolis jazz scene has been strangely silent. But listen carefully and you just might hear the sound of Joe Byrd's bass tuning up for what he hopes will be a memorable performance. Tonight at 8, Byrd - brother of the late jazz legend Charlie Byrd - will perform for the opening of the Powerhouse, a new club at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on West Street. The club is a collaborative effort of Joe Byrd, wife Elana and Loews general manager Larry Beiderman.
January 4, 2001
Rotary Club Oyster Roast Feast on raw oysters, fried oysters, oyster stew and more at the Baltimore Rotary Club's 81st Annual Oyster Roast from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the 5th Regiment Armory, Howard and Preston streets. And if you don't like the shelled treasures of the Chesapeake Bay, don't despair. There's also plenty of food for landlubbers. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the event, which last year raised more than $60,000 for charitable works. Tickets are $34 and are available in advance or at the door.
December 22, 2000
Historical society announces closings of library and gallery The Historical Society of Carroll County has announced closings for its library and exhibition gallery in the Shriver-Weybright auditorium. The library and gallery will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, Tuesday and Dec. 30 and 31. Information: 410-848-6494. Arts council is planning bus trip to Delaware Carroll County Arts Council will take a bus trip to Riverfront Arts Center in Wilmington, Del., and Winterthur, Del., on Feb. 7. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. At the arts center, the group will see the exhibit of bejeweled miniature creations by Carl Faberge, legendary Russian jeweler and goldsmith.