Earl Klugh: Celebrating 40 Years! with Special Guest Grace Kelly
Earl Klugh: Celebrating 40 Years!
Grammy Winning Smooth Jazz Master Guitarist EARL KLUGH
“Earl Klugh will, by his own merits, become one of the most important voices on the guitar in the ‘70s. This album is clear evidence of what I’m talking about. Throughout it, you will become thrilled by both his complete mastery of his instrument and his beautiful, sensitive reflections. I’m especially excited by “Vonetta,” which was written by Earl, because it truly exemplifies the kind of musician he is – one with a great sense of rhythm, harmony and feel… I know that you will get as much pleasure out of listening to this album as I have had working with Earl… Right on, Earl Klugh!” – George Benson, on Klugh’s self-titled debut Earl Klugh (1976)
Since GRAMMY®-winner Earl Klugh released his inaugural album in 1976, the Detroit-born master of the acoustic-classical guitar has become one of the most imitated icons of the instrument. He has released over 40 records, 24 of which have been on Billboard’s top-10 list of jazz albums and 6 of which have made it to the No. 1 slot. Klugh’s recordings have received 13 Grammy® nominations (including one for his latest release, HandPicked) – and his collaboration with pianist Bob James, One on One, walked away with the 1980 Grammy® Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
In 2016, Earl celebrates the 40th Anniversary of his debut album Earl Klugh (1976, Blue Note Records) with a very special catalogue of shows, highlighting selections from over 250 original compositions and featuring Klugh’s favorite standards, influences and collaborations from throughout his illustrious career.
“I’ve been so fortunate to be able to create the music that I’ve wanted to create, and work with some of the greatest artists of our time,” says Klugh. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since that first record!”
“You know, this one really caught me by surprise,” reflects Klugh. “When I look up, time has just flown by. But, I’m still here, and I’m still playing! I’m just so pleased and happy to have the career I’ve had so far. I’ve met so many wonderful people, in and out of the musical realm. I’m living a really wonderful life where you just have to pinch yourself sometimes, because there are so many things to be grateful for.”
Special Guest: New England's Rising Star Saxophonist GRACE KELLY
As Grace Kelly defiantly reminds us on The Other One, a standout number from her upcoming album Trying To Figure It Out, she’s not looking to be like anyone else. “Got my own thing,” she sings over the song’s urban, trancelike groove. Although the singer and saxophone player has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike as a jazz musician, the track’s exhilarating chorus, haunting keyboard hook and brittle electro edge show an artist interested only in playing what she loves labels be damned.
The Wellesley, Massachusetts born artist, 23, is a seven-time winner of the Downbeat critics poll (as a rising star in the alto sax category). She recorded her first album, Dreaming, when she was 12. At 14, she received the first of her ASCAP Foundation awards for her composition Every Road I Walked and was invited to perform with the Boston Pops. For the occasion, she wrote her first full orchestral arrangement, adapting the award winning piece. In 2009, Kelly guested with the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra as part of the events surrounding Barack Obama’s inauguration celebration at the request of the ensemble’s director, Wynton Marsalis.
In Dec 2015 Jon Batiste snagged Grace as a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Stay Human, playing multiple reeds and singing.
Among Kelly’s critically acclaimed releases are collaborations with jazz legends Lee Konitz (GRACEfulLEE, 2008) and Phil Woods (The Man With the Hat, 2011). The disc with Konitz ended up in Downbeat’s Best Albums of the 2000s issue. A graduate from the Berklee College of Music in 2011, with a degree in professional music, Kelly has taught residency workshops there since 2012. That year also brought another important opportunity to pass on her musical knowledge: the U.S. State Department sent her on an international speakers tour to be an ambassador of jazz and educate the people of Madagascar and the Comoros Islands about the music.
Trying To Figure It Out, due in February 2016, is Kelly’s eighth studio disc. Expanding on her longstanding interest in genre-bending, while maintaining a jazz foundation, the album finds her once again following a restless artistic spirit. In her words, the new work explores “the world of jazz and beyond.” Fittingly, the album’s musical setting shifts from acoustic, conventional jazz (as typified by her touching version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, a live favourite) to a genrebending approach, with more contemporary production values.
Maintaining a busy tour schedule with her group, Kelly has drawn critical praise and new fans every year with headlining over 700 shows in 30 coutries at all major jazz festivals, from Montreux to Newport to Montreal. Awards continue to come. But Kelly says she has never lost sight of a larger picture. “I think everybody comes to life with a calling,” Kelly says. “I’ve been super blessed that my calling in life has been music and that I found it from an early age. But what I really hope my music brings to people is healing. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than when somebody, after a show, says `You lifted me up.’”
Is it the main reason she plays? Her response comes without hesitation: “It’s the only reason.”
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 - 8 PM
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