Earl Klugh ( pronunciation: ; born September 16, 1953) is an American jazz KLOO 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." 
Biography [ edit ]
At the age of thirteen, 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  album. Klugh also appeared with Atkins on several television programs, including Magic In Your Eyes and a 1994 TV special entitled "Read my Licks". Klugh was also influenced by Hee Haw 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. 
Klugh's first recording, at age fifteen, was on
Yusef Lateef's Suite 16. He played on  George Benson's White Rabbit album and two years later, in 1973, joined his touring band. 
For their album
, Klugh and One on One 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. 
Discography [ edit ]
Studio albums [ edit ]
Earl Klugh Trio albums [ edit ]
Duet albums [ edit ]
One on One Tappan Zee
with Bob James - Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1981
Two of a Kind
Manhattan with Bob James
Hotel California/Super Guitar Duo
Verve with Hiroki Miyano
Collaboration Warner Bros.
with George Benson
Cool Warner Bros.
with Bob James
Soundtrack albums [ edit ]
Best of... albums [ edit ]
The Best of Earl Klugh, Vol. 1 Blue Note
The Best of Earl Klugh, Vol. 2 Blue Note
The Best of Earl Klugh Warner Bros.
Compilation albums [ edit ]
Heart String/Late Night Guitar
Key Notes Capitol
A Time for Love Cema
Guitar Magic EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Love Songs Blue Note
Jazz Masters EMI
Guitar Legends Disky
Music for Lovers Blue Note
Ultimate Earl Klugh
Rhino Hi-Five: Earl Klugh Rhino/Warner Bros.
DVDs & video [ edit ]
The Jazz Channel Presents Earl Klugh Image Entertainment
Earl Klugh In Concert BMG/Image
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