Chuck Loeb, Instrumental and Smooth jazz Artist
Chuck Loeb (born December, 1955, died July, 2017) was an exceptionally skillful jazz guitarist with the capability of adapting to various music styles. He was influenced into becoming a jazz guitarist at the age of sixteen through the music of jazz musicians/guitarists such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Martino and John McLaughlin to name a few.
Born in Nyack, New York, USA
Genre: Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth/Contemporary Jazz
Chuck Loeb was influenced into becoming a jazz guitarist at the age of sixteen through the music of jazz musicians/guitarists such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Martino and John McLaughlin to name a few. At that point in his life he chose to become a musician and never thought of doing anything else
He studied with local music teachers, before traveling to Philadelphia to become a student of jazz guitarist Dennis Sandole.
In New York City, he learned from Jim Hall. He also attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for two years before leaving to seek professional work in New York City. While in New York, Loeb played with Chico Hamilton, Ray Barretto, and Hubert Laws.
In 1979, he became a member of Stan Getz’s group. Getz later became the best man at his wedding to singer Carmen Cuesta. In the 1980s, he was a member of the group “Steps Ahead”, which included Michael Brecker, someone Loeb credited as an influence. In 1994, Chuck Loeb and Mitchel Forman, who was also in Getz’s group, formed the jazz fusion band “Metro”. In 2010, he replaced guitarist Larry Carlton in the famous jazz group “Fourplay”.
Loeb and his wife Carmen Cuesta-Loeb have recorded together with Cuesta providing vocals on his albums, and Loeb playing on Carmen’s albums with their daughters Lizzy and Christina also contributing vocals.
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