Artists – 2013
Six decades into one of songwriting’s most successful and honored careers – marked by 48 Top 10 hits, nine #1 songs, more than 500 compositions and a landmark 50+year run on the charts, Burt Bacharach’s music continues to set industry records and creative standards. “I’m so excited about Burt Bacharach!,” says Weekend of Jazz host Earl Klugh.
“Burt is my favorite composer and I’ve been a big fan of his ever since I was 16. So much of his music has made such an impact on me. This is a very special concert that’s going to happen – I can’t tell you how much it means to me that he is going to do our Weekend of Jazz!”
“the voice of versatility.” – the Chicago Tribune
Al Jarreau’s innovative musical expressions have made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time with seven GRAMMY® Awards, scores of international music awards and popular accolades worldwide.
He is the only vocalist in history to net Grammy Awards in three different categories (jazz, pop, and R&B, respectively). Al has worked with everyone from producers Marcus Miller, Narada Michael Walden and Tommy LiPuma, to musicians including David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Steve Gadd, George Benson and more.
The entity known as Spyro Gyra is a marathon runner in the arena of contemporary jazz. For more than three decades and over 5,000 shows, they have maintained the well-deserved reputation as a viable and highly versatile creative force, earning twelve GRAMMY® nominations overall, and fueling the sale of 11 million records – including one platinum and two gold records.
This chart-topping group continues their success with GRAMMY®-nominations for their last four albums. “We’ve always had this belief that the thing we’re doing in any given moment is the best we’ve ever done,” says Spyro Gyra founder Jay Beckenstein. Get ready for them to prove it to you at this incredible Weekend of Jazz performance. Visit their website: www.spyrogyra.com.
Chart-topping saxophonist, composer and producer Euge Groove has toured the world with the likes of Tina Turner, Tower of Power, Huey Lewis and the News, Joe Cocker and more. He has recorded a string of #1 hits and successful albums for Warner Brothers, Narada and Shanachie Records, with his 2004 Narada debut Livin’ Large spending 68 weeks on the Billboard charts.
Euge Groove’s eighth recording, House of Groove, features Jeffrey Osborne, Paul Brown and more, with iTunes exclaiming, “[on House of Groove] the spiritual heart takes Groove’s game to some exciting new places.” Visit his website: www.EugeGroove.com.
GRAMMY®-winning guitarist EARL KLUGH’S career of more than four decades includes over 200 compositions, more than 30 full-length albums, hosting and producing his own events, work in film and numerous world tours. Klugh’s work has earned him 12 career Grammy nominations, and his current 2013 release, HandPicked, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart.
HandPicked features Klugh’s solo guitar mastery with a handful of duets from Vince Gill, Bill Frisell and Jake Shimabukuro. Klugh has been hailed by The New York Times “…a guitarist with impeccable technique” and is looking forward to his fourth annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island. “I am so happy to be back again with a great lineup of artists and friends!,” says Klugh. “I hope you will join us in November for a great Weekend of Jazz!”. Visit his website: www.EarlKlugh.com.