Jeff Golub

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Jeff Golub
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Background information
Born(1955-04-15)April 15, 1955
Copley Township, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJanuary 1, 2015(2015-01-01) (aged 59)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz, rock, blues, smooth jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1980–2014
LabelsAtlantic, GRP

Jeff Golub (April 15, 1955 – January 1, 2015) was an American jazz guitarist who had a solo career and who led the band Avenue Blue. He worked as a sideman for a number of rock and pop musicians. He was arguably best known for his work with Rod Stewart 1988-95.


Golub was born in Copley Township, Ohio, near Akron.[1] He grew up listening to pop music, rock, blues, funk, and R&B. In the 1970s, he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. 1980, he moved to New York city, and worked for rock guitarist Billy Squier. During the 1980s and '90s, he worked as a sideman for Ashford & Simpson, Tina Turner, John Waite, Dar Williams, Vanessa Williams, and Peter Wolf. 1988–95, he recorded and toured with Rod Stewart.[2]

He was a member of Dave Koz and the Kozmos, the house band of The Emeril Lagasse Show.[3]

In 1988, Golub released his first solo album Unspoken Words; in 1994, he formed the band Avenue Blue, and the group released its first album Avenue Blue Featuring Jeff Golub. For the album Out of the Blue (Atlantic, 1999), he dropped the Avenue Blue prefix and recorded simply as Jeff Golub. He recorded a blues album with Billy Squier, Peter Wolf, and John Waite, and an album with blind jazz pianist Henry Butler in 2011.[2]


In 2011, Golub lost his eyesight from pressure on his optic nerve. In September 2012, he fell on the tracks of a subway, but was saved by people nearby. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.[2][4][5][6] Soon after, he released the album Train Keeps A-Rollin' with keyboardist Brian Auger.[2]

In 2014, he was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy. In the spring of 2015, he died from the disease, a few months before his 60th birthday.[2][5][7]


As leader[edit]

  • Unspoken Words (Gaia, 1988)
  • Avenue Blue Featuring Jeff Golub (Bluemoon/Rhino, 1994)
  • Naked City (Bluemoon/Atlantic, 1996)
  • Nightlife (Bluemoon/Atlantic, 1997)
  • Out of the Blue (Bluemoon/Atlantic, 1999)
  • Dangerous Curves (GRP, 2000)
  • Do It Again (GRP, 2002)
  • Soul Sessions (Verve, 2003)
  • Temptation (Narada, 2005)
  • Grand Central (Narada, 2007)
  • Six String Santa (Metro Café, 2007)
  • Blues for You (E1, 2009)
  • The Three Kings (E1, 2011)
  • Train Keeps A-Rolling with Brian Auger (E1, 2013)
  • The Vault (E1, 2015)

As sideman[edit]

With Rick Braun

  • Night Walk (Bluemoon/Rhino, 1994)
  • Beat Street (Bluemoon/Atlantic, 1995)
  • Body and Soul (Bluemoon/Atlantic, 1997)
  • Full Stride (Atlantic, 1998)
  • Yours Truly (Artizen, 2005)
  • Sessions Volume 1 (Artizen, 2006)

With Billy Squier

  • Emotions in Motion (Capitol, 1982)
  • Signs of Life (Capitol, 1984)
  • Enough Is Enough (Capitol, 1986)
  • Hear & Now (Capitol, 1989)
  • Creatures of Habit (Capitol, 1991)
  • Tell the Truth (Capitol, 1993)

With Rod Stewart

  • Vagabond Heart (Warner Bros., 1991)
  • Unplugged ...and Seated (Warner Bros., 1993)
  • A Spanner in the Works (Warner Bros., 1995)

With others


  1. ^ Heaton, Michael (8 January 2015). "Renowned Ohio-born guitarist Jeff Golub dies at age 59; an old friend remembers him fondly". Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Henderson, Alex. "Jeff Golub". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Dave Koz & The Kozmos" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 6, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Cline, Suzy. "Jeff Golub Website - Biography". Jeff Golub. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b Tamarkin, Jeff (1 January 2015). "Guitarist Jeff Golub Dies at 59". JazzTimes. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  6. ^ Sandoval, Edgar; Jacobs, Shayna (5 September 2012). "Straphangers save blind musician". NY Daily News. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  7. ^ Keepnews, Peter (10 January 2015). "Jeff Golub, a Guitarist at Home in Several Genres, Dies at 59". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2017.

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