|Born||September 16, 1953|
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Genres||Smooth jazz, Crossover jazz, Jazz fusion|
|Years active||1970 to present|
|Labels||Blue Note, Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records, Koch Records|
|Del Langejans electric acoustic|
Earl Klugh (pronounced "Clue", born September 16, 1953, Detroit, Michigan) is an American jazz guitarist and composer. In 2006 Modern Guitar magazine wrote that Klugh "is considered by many to be one of the finest acoustic guitar players today."
At the age of 13, Klugh was captivated by the guitar playing of Chet Atkins when Atkins made an appearance on the Perry Como Show. Klugh was a performing guest on several of Atkins' albums. Atkins, reciprocating as well, joined Earl on his Magic In Your Eyes album. Klugh also appeared with Atkins on several television programs, including Hee Haw and a 1994 TV special entitled "Read my Licks". Klugh was also influenced by Bob James, Ray Parker Jr, Wes Montgomery and Laurindo Almeida. His sound is a blend of these jazz, pop and rhythm and blues influences, forming a potpourri of sweet contemporary music original to only him.
For their album One on One, Klugh and Bob James received a Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance of 1981. He has since received 12 Grammy nominations, millions of record and CD sales, and continues touring worldwide to this day.
Klugh has recorded over 30 albums including 23 Top Ten charting records – five of them No. 1 - on Billboard’s Jazz Album chart. With 2008’s The Spice of Life, Klugh earned his 12th career Grammy nomination - his second nomination and release on the independent Koch label.
Each spring, Klugh hosts a special Weekend of Jazz featuring jazz legends and greats at the Five-Star Broadmoor Hotel & Resort in Colorado Springs. Jazz greats including Ramsey Lewis, Patti Austin, Chuck Mangione, Bob James, Joe Sample, Chris Botti, Roberta Flack, and Arturo Sandoval have all performed at the annual event set in foot of the Colorado Rockies. In November 2010 Klugh brought the 'Weekend of Jazz' to Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. In November 10–12, 2011 the second Weekend of Jazz at the Kiawah Island Resort was held.
Earl Klugh Trio albums
|1991||The Earl Klugh Trio, Vol. 1||Warner Bros. Records||with Gene Dunlap and Ralph Armstrong|
|1993||Sounds and Visions, Vol. 2||with Gene Dunlap, Ralph Armstrong & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra|
|1979||One on One||Tappan Zee Records||with Bob James - Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1981|
|1982||Two of a Kind||Manhattan Records||with Bob James|
|1983||Hotel California/Super Guitar Duo||Verve Records||with Hiroki Miyano|
|1987||Collaboration||Warner Bros. Records||with George Benson|
|1992||Cool||Warner Bros. Records||with Bob James|
|1980||How to Beat the High Cost of Living||Columbia Records||Hubert Laws & Earl Klugh|
|1983||Marvin and Tige||Capitol Records||Patrick Williams & Earl Klugh|
|1986||Just Between Friends||Warner Bros. Records||Patrick Williams & Earl Klugh|
Best of... albums
|1991||The Best of Earl Klugh, Vol. 1||Blue Note|
|1992||The Best of Earl Klugh, Vol. 2||Blue Note|
|1998||The Best of Earl Klugh||Warner Bros. Records|
|1983||Heart String/Late Night Guitar||Liberty Records|
|1991||Key Notes||Capitol Records|
|1992||A Time for Love||Cema|
|1996||Guitar Magic||EMI-Capitol Special Markets|
|1996||Love Songs||Blue Note|
|1998||Jazz Masters||EMI Music Distribution|
|2006||Music for Lovers||Blue Note|
|2007||Ultimate Earl Klugh||Mosaic Records|
|2007||Rhino Hi-Five: Earl Klugh||Rhino/Warner Bros.|
DVDs & video
|2001||The Jazz Channel Presents Earl Klugh||Image Entertainment|
|2003||Earl Klugh In Concert||BMG/Image|
- Scott Yanow (1953-09-16). "Earl Klugh | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
- Martin, Henry; Waters, Keith. "Chapter 12 - Jazz since the 1980s". Jazz: The first 100 years (2nd ed.). Thomson-Schirmer. p. 536. ISBN 0-534-62804-4.
- Bogdanov, Vladimir; Chris Woodstra; Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2001). All music guide: the definitive guide to popular music. Hal Leonard. p. 1275. ISBN 978-0-87930-627-4. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
- Carr, Ian; Digby Fairweather; Brian Priestley (2004). The rough guide to jazz. Rough Guides. p. 446. ISBN 978-1-84353-256-9. Retrieved 16 September 2010.
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- "Index". Weekend of Jazz. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "Annual Weekend of Jazz - Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC". Jazzweekendatkiawah.com. Retrieved 2015-09-19.