Chuck Loeb

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Charles Samuel "Chuck" Loeb
(December 7, 1955 – July 31, 2017)

Chuck LoebBorn and raised in Nyack,New York. According to a 2005 JazzTimes article, the first song he learned on guitar was Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone", which he would later play at a guest appearance with Dylan.He discovered jazz when he was sixteen through the music of guitarists Wes Montgomery, George Benson, John McLaughlin, and Pat Martino. At that point, Loeb chose to become a musician and "never thought of doing anything else".

Starting in 1979, Loeb was a member of Stan Getz's group. Loeb and Mitchel Forman, who was also in Getz's group, formed the jazz fusion band Metro (1994). In the 1980s, he was a member of the group Steps Ahead, which included Michael Brecker, someone Loeb credits as an influence. Loeb replaced Larry Carlton as guitarist in Fourplay (2010). Loeb began a solo career in 1988 with his debut album My Shining Hour. He released subsequent albums until receiving commercial success on The Music Inside (1996). The title song from the album held the number one position on the jazz charts for six weeks.

Loeb died of cancer on July 31, 2017, at the age of 61.


Song: The Music Inside
Album: The Music Inside
Released: June 15, 1996


Song: Good To Go (Live at Java Jazz Festival 2009)
Album: Presence
Released: January 23, 2007

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