Chuck Loeb

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Chuck Loeb
Born (1955-12-07) December 7, 1955 (age 60)
Nyack, New York
Origin New York
Genres Crossover jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1970s-present
Associated acts Fourplay

Chuck Loeb (born December 7, 1955 in Nyack, New York) is a guitarist who performs numerous styles of music, most notably jazz. His own solo projects have generally been commercially successful crossover jazz, such as "contemporary" or "smooth" jazz.

Background and career[edit]

Chuck Loeb was born Dec. 7 1955 in Nyack, New York, in the New York City region, where he was first introduced to music. He originally came from a musical background of pop and rock rather than jazz, listening to 1960s rock acts such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. According to a 2005 JazzTimes article, the first song he learned on the guitar was Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone which he would later play at a guest appearance with Dylan himself.[1] It was not until he was 16 years old that he discovered jazz and learning about artists such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson, John McLaughlin and Pat Martino.[2] It was then that Loeb chose to become musician and "never thought of doing anything else".[3]

He studied with local music teachers until he traveled to Philadelphia where he was a student of jazz guitarist Dennis Sandole and later in New York City with Jim Hall.[4] After studying with Hall for two years, Loeb attended Berklee College of Music for two years. After leaving in 1976, he sought professional work in the New York City-area, playing alongside jazz musicians Chico Hamilton, Ray Barreto and Hubert Laws. Loeb played in Stan Getz's group from 1979 for two years.[5] Getz would later become Loeb's best man at his wedding to Carmen Cuesta.[1] In 1994 Loeb and fellow member of Stan Getz, Mitchel Forman formed the jazz-fusion band Metro.[6]

Simultaneously, Loeb continued studying often practicing up to eight hours a day. In 1988, Loeb pursued a solo career with his debut album My Shining Hour on Japanese record label Pony Canyon/Jazz City Records. He released his subsequent albums on DMP Digital Music Products until receiving commercial success with Shanachie Records on his album The Music Inside in 1996 (the album's title song held the number one position on the jazz charts for six weeks).[4] Later he produced Moon, the Stars, & the Setting Sun was issued in 1998; Listen followed in 1999, In A Heartbeat in early 2001 and All There Is in 2002.

As of 2007, Loeb has recently toured the U.S.[7] and Spain[8] with fellow band members drummer Josh Dion, bassist Brian Killeen and Matt King on keyboards, who all also performed with him on Loeb's Presence.[9]

Loeb has also played on commerials[3] and numerous movie soundtracks including The Untouchables (under the name "Ennio Morricone"), You've Got Mail and Hitch. Chuck Loeb was also during a number of years the guitarist of the famous jazz-fusion band Steps Ahead, featuring Michael Brecker and Mike Mainieri.[1]

As of 2010, he plays guitar for Fourplay as the replacement of Larry Carlton.[10] In 2014, he was also featured on Brian Culbertson's project Another Long Night Out, providing guitar for track "Fullerton Ave.". Loeb and his wife have collaborated, with Cuesta providing vocals on his albums and Loeb playing on Cuesta's albums,[11] and recently their daughters Lizzy and Christina have provided vocals as well.[12]


Studio Albums[edit]

# year title label / cd#
1 1989 My Shining Hour Pony Canyon D2270347
2 1990 Magic Fingers (with Andy Laverne) DMP 472
3 1990 Life Colors DMP 475
4 1991 Balance DMP 484
5 1993 Mediterranean DMP 494
6 1994 Simple Things DMP 504
7 1996 The Music Inside Shanachie 5022
8 1998 The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun Shanachie 5038
9 1999 Listen Shanachie 5057
10 2001 In A Heartbeat Shanachie 5090
11 2002 All There Is Shanachie 5078
12 2003 eBop Shanachie 5103
13 2005 When I'm With You Shanachie 5123
14 2007 Presence Heads Up International HUCD 3117
15 2009 Between 2 Worlds Heads Up International HUCD 3151
16 2011 Plain 'n' Simple Tweety Records TWR 0002
17 2013 Silhouette Shanachie 5409
18 2014 Jazz Funk Soul (with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp) Shanachie 5417
19 2015 Bridges (with Eric Marienthal) Shanachie 5436

Collection, Compilation Albums[edit]

year title label comments
2004 The Couch Potato All-Stars Shanachie 5112 with Eric Alexander, Kim Waters, Dave Samuels, Randy Brecker, David Mann, David Finck, Mike Ricchiuti, Brian Dunne, David Charles, Ron Jenkins, Michael Pope
2007 The Love Song Collection Shanachie 5144 Compilation
2009 #1 Smooth Jazz Radio Hits Shanachie 5169 Compilation

Live Albums[edit]

year title label comments
2003 Live 1994 AA (Japan) live collaboration: Adam Holzman/Chuck Loeb/Paul Wertico, UPC 786497515028, [13]

With Stan Getz


  1. ^ a b c Adler, David R. (June 2005). "Jazz Departments - Chuck Loeb". Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Wood, James (November 28, 2012). "Guitarist Chuck Loeb Discusses New Fourplay Album and the Allure of Smooth Jazz". Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Balancing the demands of life and music". Reading Eagle. March 25, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Chuck Loeb @ All About Jazz". Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Chuck Loeb: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  6. ^ "Metro Jazz: Early History". Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  7. ^ Caltagirone, Stephanie (March 26, 2007). "Chuck Loeb shows a feast for fans". Reading Eagle. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chuck Loeb Band en el Rincon del Jazz". Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ Winbush, Jeff (January 22, 2007). "Chuck Loeb: Presence". Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ Mergner, Lee (February 15, 2010). "Larry Carlton Leaving Fourplay". Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ Goodstein, Jack (February 1, 2014). "Music Review: Carmen Cuesta - 'Toda Una Vida'". Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Silhouette - Chuck Loeb". Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
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