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Artist Profiles - Guitarist Jeff Golub

Jeff Golub was a jazz guitarist. Golub had 12 solo albums and three CDs as the leader of the instrumental band, Avenue Blue. Before becoming an instrumentalist, Golub worked as a sideman to a number of successful rock and pop artists.

Golub was born in April 15, 1955 in Copley, Ohio, outside of Akron. Golub started playing by emulating 1960s blues rock guitarists. 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, Golub moved to New York in 1980 where his first major gig was with Billy Squier. Golub appeared on seven albums and three world tours. 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. He was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy in November 2014, and died of the disease on January 1, 2015.