born on 15/4/1955 in Akron, OH, United States
died on 1/1/2015 in New York City, NY, United States
Jeff Golub (born April 15, 1955, Akron, Ohio) is an American jazz guitarist.
Jeff Golub is a contemporary jazz guitarist with 11 solo albums and 3 CD's as the leader of the instrumental band "Avenue Blue". Before becoming an instrumentalist, Golub worked as a sideman to a number of very successful rock and pop artists.
He's arguably best known for his work with Rod Stewart, whom he played with from 1988 until 1995 performing on 4 albums and 5 world tours as well as recording the live DVD "One Night Only" live at Royal Albert Hall.
Born in Copley, Ohio, outside of Akron, Jeff started playing by emulating 60's blues rock guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, etc...Then, following up on the artists that these musicians cited as their inspiration, he delved deeper into the blues listening to Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and anyone named King --B.B., Albert, and Freddie.
Golub was in his teens when he first heard a Wes Montgomery record. This moment set him on a whole new course which led him to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in Boston he played in The James Montgomery Band. From Boston Jeff moved to New York in 1980 where his first major gig was with rocker Billy Squier. Jeff appeared on 7 albums and 3 world tours with Billy. He released his first solo recording, "Unspoken Words" for Gaia Records in 1988 but really embraced his role as band leader and instrumentalist with the release of "Avenue Blue" in 1994 for Mesa Bluemoon/Atlantic records.
Golub was a member of Dave Koz & The Kozmos, the house band of The Emeril Lagasse Show.
In June 2011, Golub became blind due to collapse of the optic nerve.
In September 2012, Golub fell on the tracks of a subway and was dragged by the train before being saved by Good Samaritans. Golub was brought to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center with minor injuries.
1988 - Unspoken Words
1994 - Avenue Blue
1996 - Naked City
1997 - Nightlife
1997 - Six String Santa
1999 - Out of the Blue
2000 - Dangerous Curves
2002 - Do It Again
2003 - Soul Sessions
2005 - Temptation
2007 - Six String Santa
2007 - Grand Central
2009 - Blues for You
2011 - The Three Kings
2013 - Train Keeps A Rolling
- "Biography", JeffGolub.com (Official website)
- Dave Koz & The Kozmos. Retrieved on May 10, 2010.
- Jeff Golub Newsletter. Retrieved on Jan 6, 2012.
- Good Samaritans save blind jazz guitarist after he falls onto upper West Side subway tracks. Retrieved on Sep 6, 2012.
- Official Site