December 7, 1955 |
Nyack, New York
|Genres||Jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, record producer, arranger|
|Labels||Pony Canyon, DMP, Shanachie, Heads Up|
|Associated acts||Stan Getz, Steps Ahead, Fourplay|
Early years and education
Chuck Loeb was born on December 7, 1955 in Nyack, New York, near New York City. At a young age, he listened to 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 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".
He studied with local music teachers, then traveled to Philadelphia and became a student of jazz guitarist Dennis Sandole. In New York City, he learned from Jim Hall. For two years he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, then left in 1976 to seek professional work in New York City.
In New York, Loeb played with Chico Hamilton, Ray Barreto, and Hubert Laws. Starting in 1979, he was a member of Stan Getz's group. Getz later became the best man at his wedding to singer Carmen Cuesta. 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. He replaced Larry Carlton as guitarist in Fourplay (2010).
Loeb began a solo career in 1988 with his debut album My Shining Hour on the Japanese record label Pony Canyon. He released subsequent albums on DMP Digital Music Products until receiving commercial success with Shanachie Records on The Music Inside (1996). The title song from the album held the number one position on the jazz charts for six weeks. Later, he produced Moon, the Stars, & the Setting Sun (1998), Listen(1999) In a Heartbeat (2001), and All There Is (2002).
|1||1989||My Shining Hour||Pony Canyon, Jazz City|
|2||1990||Magic Fingers||DMP||with Andy LaVerne|
|7||1996||The Music Inside||Shanachie|
|8||1998||The Moon, the Stars and the Setting Sun||Shanachie|
|10||2001||In a Heartbeat||Shanachie|
|11||2002||All There Is||Shanachie|
|13||2005||When I'm With You||Shanachie|
|15||2009||Between 2 Worlds||Heads Up|
|16||2011||Plain 'n' Simple||Tweety|
|18||2014||Jazz Funk Soul||Shanachie||with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp|
|19||2015||Bridges||Shanachie||with Eric Marienthal|
|20||2016||More Serious Business||Shanachie||with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp|
With the Fantasy Band
|1||1993||The Fantasy Band||DMP|
|2||1994||Sweet Dreams||DMP||with Andy LaVerne|
|2004||The Couch Potato All-Stars||Shanachie||with Eric Alexander, Kim Waters, Dave Samuels, Randy Brecker, Dave Mann, David Finck, Mike Ricchiuti, Brian Dunne, David Charles, Ron Jenkins, Michael Pope|
|2007||The Love Song Collection||Shanachie||Compilation|
|2009||No. 1 Smooth Jazz Radio Hits||Shanachie||Compilation|
|2003||Live 1994||AA (Japan)||With Adam Holzman, Paul Wertico|
With Stan Getz
- Adler, David R. (June 2005). "Jazz Departments - Chuck Loeb". jazztimes.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- Wood, James (November 28, 2012). "Guitarist Chuck Loeb Discusses New Fourplay Album and the Allure of Smooth Jazz". guitarworld.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- "Balancing the demands of life and music". Reading Eagle. March 25, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
- "Chuck Loeb @ All About Jazz". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- Yanow, Scott. "Chuck Loeb: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
- "Metro Jazz: Early History". Retrieved 2010-10-30.
- "Chuck Loeb, Guitarist, Composer, Arranger, Producer, Educator, Recording Artist". Chuck Loeb. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- Mergner, Lee (February 15, 2010). "Larry Carlton Leaving Fourplay". jazztimes.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- Goodstein, Jack (February 1, 2014). "Music Review: Carmen Cuesta - 'Toda Una Vida'". seattlepi.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- "Silhouette - Chuck Loeb". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 2, 2014.