Archive for November 19, 2011

The year 2011 has been a roller coaster ride for jazz and blues guitarist Jeff Golub. The release of his newest album came after the musician lost his eyesight.

Golub rose to fame playing guitar with rock stars Rod Stewart and Billy Squier. As a solo artist, Jeff has recorded nine solo albums and has toured regularly across the globe nearly every summer in recent years as part of the Contemporary Jazz mega show “Guitars & Saxes”. Keeping up a successful career and raising a family while on the road has always been a challenge. However, after after 30 years in the business, Golub now faces his biggest obstacle yet: blindness.

According to Jeff, he was diagnosed with a collapse of the optic nerve, but was told his chances of going totally blind were low. “I lost sight in my right eye and I thought, ‘OK, a lot of people get along without sight in one eye, I can deal with this.’ I wasn’t even telling people. I just wouldn’t see out of my right eye. And then, in the beginning of July of this year, his left eye started to go,” he says.

“Then Jeff realized he’d better start telling people about this because “I’m going to start bumping into things.” There isn’t any hiding the fact an more. 10 to 15 percent of people who have one eye optic nerve collapse will have the other eye follow suit. That was the case with Jeff.

Golub and his band pushed on with the release of his latest album “The Three Kings”, a tribute to his blues guitar heroes Albert, Freddie and B.B. King. The album features piano great Henry Butler who, coincidentally, became blind when he was three months old, as well as vocalist and drummer Josh Dion, and fellow guitarists Sonny Landreth and Robben Ford. Golub says the songs, such as “Let The Good Times Roll” and “The Thrill Is Gone,” were chosen with the three Kings in mind.

” I mean there have been so many great jazz and blues musicians throughout history that have been blind. It’s pretty amazing, it’s great that promoters have not been shying away, and nobody’s looking at this as a disability.” Despite his condition, Jeff intends to continue to tour and is living a full life.

Jeff has a great show planned for his Chicago fans and supporters and we hope to pack the house for both his shows at Rumba Supper Club on Sunday December 11th.
This is one show you absolutely do not want to miss.

Premium reserved seating at the booths and tables in front of the stage is available for $55 & $45. Bar area tickets are just $25.

For Jeff Golub tickets, visit SmoothChicago.com or call (312) 725-0740

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