Archive for July 2, 2013


In 1976, the Detroit-born guitarist Earl Klugh – a self-taught virtuoso whose broad influences included Bill Evans, Burt Bacharach, Laurindo Almeida and the great country guitarist Chet Atkins – burst on the scene with his self-titled debut album, which easily crossed beyond the categories of jazz, country, classical, pop, R&B, and world music. Four decades and over thirty recordings later, the GRAMMY® Award-winner and 12-time nominee Earl Klugh has recorded with a number of master musicians – from George Benson, Al Jarreau and Bob James to Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Jimmy Buffett, Chick Corea, Hubert Laws and Patrick Williams – in a myriad of settings, from small combo to orchestra.

On July 30, Klugh releases HandPicked, a soulful, sixteen-track solo/duet recording featuringspecial guest guitarists Vince Gill and Bill Frisell and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. “In the earlier part of my career, I was busy touring and playing with a six and seven-piece band,” Klugh says. “But I think it’s important from time to time to step back and reexamine some things. So I thought it was the ideal time because I ran into several of my guitar friends over the last couple of years. And it got me to thinking – maybe I can include some duets in my next project.”

Here are upcoming Earl Klugh tour dates:

7/30 – 8/4/2013             Blue Note       New York                         NY
8/10/2013                   Strings Music Festival (w/Nnenna Freelon)         Steamboat Springs       CO
9/6/2013                    Schwartz Center                                   Wilmington             DE
9/12 – 9/15/2013          Jazz Alley                           Seattle                                WA
10/3/2013                   Yoshi’s                          San Francisco                   CA
10/4 – 10/5/2013          Yoshi’s                          Oakland                               CA
10/6/2013                  Catalina JazzTrax Festival           Catalina Island               CA
10/12 – 10/19/2013      Smooth Jazz Cruise                     San Diego                            CA
11/7 – 11/9/2013            Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz       Kiawah Island                    SC