When you come upon Earl Klugh’s official website, you will see the contemporary, cross-over guitarist’s world-wide influence in the dizzying array of exemplary events he’s been a part of or is about to jumpstart soon.
The Grammy-winning, Billboard-topping artist once again hosts his star-studded Weekend of Jazz at the Broadmoor for the 13th time April 7-9 at the five-star Colorado Springs resort. The stars include Keiko Matsui with David Benoit on acoustic pianos, Tower of Power, Grammy-winning Brazilian master Sergio Mendes, and the 2016 Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jamison Ross.
Klugh broke in the new Blue Note Hawaii in Waikiki, appearing live Jan. 26-31, as a part of the opening month of headliners.
Klugh is no stranger to the islands, having shared a memorable duet with Hawaii’s ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro — another Blue Note Hawaii headliner — on the eight-minute, instrumental version of the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” from Klugh’s 2013 smash hit record, the Grammy-nominated HandPicked. It was a fusion made in heaven, the natural result of two likeminded musicians who found a kinship instantly on board a jazz cruise in 2008.
Then, there’s a charity book launch, the 2015 Stanbic Misty Jazz Festival in Zambia, Southern Africa, Klugh’s own 6th annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, S.C., where he reunited with Shimabukuro, along with a select group of other contemporary jazz names.
The man just does not stop.
Seattle’s Jazz Alley is next, as the Detroit-born superstar and master of acoustic-classical guitar celebrates 40 years of recording history, March 17-20. With him: keyboardist David Lee, drummer Ron Otis, bassist Al Turner, and Tom Braxton on sax and flute.
The 13-time Grammy nominee and winner (with pianist Bob James on the 1980 pop instrumental, One On One) is touring in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his debut album, the self-titled, 1976 Blue Note record of note. You know what that means, Klugh fans. He’ll pick from over 250 assorted original songs, crowd favorites, his favorites, and memorable collaborations.
Expect Klugh to dip into his most recent collaborative effort, HandPicked, where he got to mix it up instrumentally with a host of artists from other genres, like rock-jazz-Hawaiian shapeshifter Shimabukuro, experiential jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and multi-instrumental, country singer-songwriter Vince Gill.
“I’ve been so fortunate to be able to create the music that I’ve wanted to create, and work with some of the greatest artists of our time,” Klugh said in press for the 40th anniversary shows. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since that first record!”
Klugh’s mastered the art of other-worldly yet global music that touches the hearts of everyone in the audience, from the jazz enthusiasts to the younger, dreamy pop fans hungry for beautiful, unfolding melody. This jazz-pop veteran is ready for you all.