Jeff Golub – Between Rock And Jazz

Jeff Golub is a contemporary jazz guitarist with 6 solo albums and 3 CD’s as the leader of the instrumental band “Avenue Blue”.

Before becoming an instrumentalist, Jeff worked as a sideman to a number of very successful rock and pop artists.
He’s probably best known for his work with Rod Stewart, who 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, Jeff started playing by emulating 60’s blues rock guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix ect…. Then, following up on the artists that these musicians sighted as their inspiration, he delved deeper into the blues listening to Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and anyone named King ( B.B.,Albert and Freddie).

Jeff 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 Music College in Boston. 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.

Jeff is still one of New York’s top session musicians. He has performed on several albums for friends in the jazz realm, including sax man Bill Evans (Alternative Man and Push), five with trumpeter/flugelhornist Rick Braun. In May, 1995 Jeff was hired by jazz pianist Bob James for a week’s engagement at the BlueNote Jazz Club in New York. That gig resulted in being asked to tour and perform on a colloberation album by James and saxman Kirk Whalum, “Joined at the Hip”, which received a Grammy Nomination that year.

His solo albums are:

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 and 2011 – The Three Kings.

In June 2011, Golub became blind due to collapse of the optic nerve.

Jeff Golub published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.