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Artist Profiles - Guitarist Chuck Loeb

Charles Samuel "Chuck" Loeb was a jazz guitarist and a member of the groups Steps Ahead and Fourplay.

He was born in Nyack, New York, near New York City on December 7, 1955. At a young age, he listened to artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. He discovered jazz when he was sixteen through the music of guitarists Wes Montgomery, George Benson, John McLaughlin, and Pat Martino.
 
Loeb attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, then left in 1976 to seek professional work in New York City working with the likes of Chico Hamilton, Ray Barreto, and Hubert Laws.

He became a member of Stan Getz's group in 1979 and Mitchel Forman, who was also in Getz's group, formed the jazz fusion band Metro. In the 1980s, he was a member of the group Steps Ahead, which included Michael Brecker, someone Loeb credits as an influence. In 2010, He replaced Larry Carlton as guitarist in Fourplay. Loeb and his wife Cuesta have also recorded together.

Loeb went solo in 1988 with his debut album “My Shining Hour” on the Japanese record label Pony Canyon. He released subsequent albums on DMP Digital Music Products until receiving commercial success with Shanachie Records on 1996’s “The Music Inside.” The title song from the album held the number one position on the jazz charts for six weeks. Later, he produced 1998’s “Moon, the Stars, & the Setting Sun”  1999’s “Listen,” 2001’s  “In a Heartbeat” and 2002’s “All There Is.”

Chuck Loeb passed away of cancer on July 31, 2017, at the age of 61.