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"Chuck's extraordinary talents have allowed him to explore every possible facet of guitar playing: solo, rhythm section, reading, or playing by ear in all musical settings - jazz, classical or rock."

- Jim Hall


"Chuck Loeb is a complete musician and composer who makes playing the guitar look easy. While this seeming effortlessness is achieved through Chuck's great virtuosity, he never lets his 'chops' overpower his musicality and lyricism. Chuck's solos and compositions have a natural, earthy feel and simply expressed, he is one of the guitar greats."

– Michael Brecker


"I'm really fortunate to have gotten to know Chuck. He's my kind of musician!! Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, but wide open finding new ways to express himself. It's always challenging to play with him because he listens and reacts to all the subtle nuances of the music. He's equally adept when taking on producer chores, and I'm lucky to have collaborated with him in that capacity. Anytime there's a new Chuck Loeb project, I want to be among the first to hear it!"

– Bob James


"Don't let all of Chuck's success fool you - he's actually a fantastic guitar player."

– Wayne Krantz


"Chuck's one of those few guys who manages to excel at a number of musical tasks.He's a great writer, producer and an exceptional guitar player. I can't count the times that I'd be driving along and hear a new tune on the radio, l like it so much that I waited in the car to hear the announcer introduce it, and it turned out to be Chuck. I no longer have to do that because I now recognize his style immediately. Definitely one of my favorites."

Fellow guitarist – Jeff Golub


"As a Professor at The University of Southern California for over 15 years, I have presented dozens of clinics by most of the major artists and clinicians on the guitar scene. Chuck's presentation was one of the best I have attended - he is organized, professional, articulate, engaging, humorous and very serious about what he does. I came away with some things I now practice every day, and will be sharing with my students in the years to come. I would hire him on faculty here in a New York minute."

– Professor Richard Smith,
Chair, Studio/Jazz Guitar Dept.
USC Thornton School of Music


More than just a jazz guitar player, Chuck Loeb is the consummate musician. In a career that spans four decades, he has proven himself to be a versatile composer, arranger and producer in a wide range of musical styles and contexts. In addition to crafting a fine discography of his own and producing albums for a number of other high-profile artists, his resume also includes music for commercial jingles and a variety of television programs and motion pictures. Whatever your personal tastes in music, media, entertainment or popular culture, chances are good that you’ve had at least a passing acquaintance with the work of Chuck Loeb.

Loeb grew up in Nyack, NY, a suburb of New York City and the perfect environment for a young person with an interest in music. The area was home to many artists who worked in the city, as well as a center for many arts, music and performance education programs. It was there, at the young age of 11, that Loeb decided to make music his life’s work. Self taught for several years, he began working with local bands in the area when he was 13, playing dances at the local youth center and eventually throughout the metropolitan area.

This early teenage period marked Loeb’s first exposure to jazz, and he decided that in order to reach the level of technical skill he’d been striving for, he would need to study music formally. Along with local teachers Richie Hart and Hy White, he traveled as far as Philadelphia to study with jazz guru Dennis Sandole, who eventually recommended that he study with the great jazz guitarist Jim Hall in New York City.

After studying with Hall for the last two years of high school, he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Two years of intense study at Berklee greatly strengthened his musicianship – not only as a guitarist but as a composer and arranger as well – but the lure of professional work led to his departure from Berklee in 1976. That same year, he left the suburbs and moved to New York City.

Throughout his early years in the Big Apple, Loeb began making a name for himself as a sideman with jazz luminaries such as drummer Chico Hamilton, Latin percussionist and bandleader Ray Barreto, flutist Hubert Laws and various others. He also continued his musical studies with a vengeance, often practicing up to eight hours a day.

In 1979, jazz luminary Stan Getz invited Loeb to join his band. The gig proved to be a pivotal experience for him, both musically and personally. As a member of Getz’s group, and the composer of much of the band’s repertoire, he had the chance to tour the globe and perform at many of the world’s major festivals, jazz clubs and concert halls. Eventually, Loeb became the musical director of the group with his compositions comprising a large portion of the nightly repertoire. It was also during this time that he met and married Carmen Cuesta, a vocalist and songwriter from Madrid, Spain. In the years since, Loeb has produced a number of Carmen’s solo recordings, and the two have collaborated on various musical projects.

After leaving the Getz ensemble, Loeb resettled in New York and began to pursue a career as a studio musician. He logged thousands of studio hours recording, composing and producing albums, soundtracks, television show themes and jingles. It was here that he developed his talents as a producer, which would become a major focus of his career in later years.

In 1985, Loeb joined the group Steps Ahead with Michael Brecker, Michael Mainieri, Peter Erskine and Victor Bailey. Returning to the festivals and stages of the jazz world rekindled his desire to focus on his own music. In 1988, after nearly ten years of intense studio work, he made the decision to develop his own recording career. His first offering as a solo artist was My Shining Hour, released on Jazz City, a Japanese label. A year later, he released Magic Fingers on DMP, an audiophile label that was one of the first in the world to release recordings on compact disc.

After four more releases on DMP, Loeb left to sign with the jazz and world music label Shanachie, where he released The Music Inside in 1996 (the album’s title song held the number 1 position on the contemporary jazz charts for six weeks).

Concurrent with his solo career, Loeb also recorded with Metro, a four-piece contemporary jazz combo that included keyboardist Mitch Forman, drummer Wolfgang Haffner and a succession of bassists: Anthony Jackson, Victor Bailey and Mel Brown. Metro cut four albums on the Lipstick and Hip Bop labels between 1994 and 2002. In addition, Loeb played with the Fantasy Band with bassist John Lee, drummer Lionel Cordew and several session players. The Fantasy Band recorded three albums on DMP and Shanachie between 1993 and 1997.

After nine years and seven solo albums, Loeb left Shanachie and joined Heads Up in late 2006. Presence, his Heads Up debut, is scheduled for worldwide release on January 24, 2007. The new album celebrates the importance of the human element in the creative process. “Nowadays, there’s a lot of music that gets created in a laboratory,” says Loeb. “We all have computers, and we do things long distance. But it never ceases to amaze me how, as soon as you put the live musicians into the equation, it’s their presence that brings the thing to life. That’s the idea behind the album title – the effect that an individual’s personality has on the music, both in the context of a recording and in a live setting.”