Larry Carlton Quartet, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012


Larry Carlton Quartet
Friday, September 14, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…one of the tastiest guitarists around.” – All About Jazz

Few guitarists can go from liquid smooth jazz tone to biting blues and rock with as much ease and facility as Larry Carlton. His unmistakable tone is something of a legend among guitar aficionados. Arguably the most sought after session guitarist from the 70’s to present, Carlton’s signature Gibson ES-335 has appeared on over 100 gold albums, including names such as Steely Dan, Barbara Streisand, Michael Jackson and Joni Mitchell. Carlton’s infectious guitar playing produces a sound that is unmistakable and rarely equaled. This four-time Grammy winner and 19-time nominee is one of the most respected musicians in the industry.

Carlton’s musical journey began in Southern California, where he picked up his first guitar when he was six years old.  Introduced to jazz via Gerald Wilson’s big band album Moment of Truth featuring Joe Pass on guitar, Carlton soon began to look towards jazz axe-men such as Pass, Barney Kessel and Wes Montgomery for inspiration.  After cutting his teeth in the LA jazz scene, Carlton released his first album With A Little Help From My Friends in 1968.

The positive industry from that first album led to frequent (or rather…non-stop!) calls for studio work, and he became none for his distinctive warm tone and vintage Gibson ES-335.  His pioneering work with a volume pedal led to a swelling tonal effect that Joni Mitchell referred to as “fly-fishing.”  While simultaneously playing with his legendary jazz/funk/rock group The Crusaders, and having embarked on a solo career, Carlton had logged more than 3,000 studio sessions by the early 1980s.

Despite his countless sessions, Grammy nominations, awards and his being named “most valuable player” by NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) three times in a row, Carlton refuses to rest on his laurels.  His newest album Larry Carlton Plays The Sound Of Philadelphia was released in 2010.  A tribute to legendary Philly songwriter Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, the album finds Carlton playing the great TSOP hits of the 1970s with reverence and style.

Larry Carlton Quartet

DATE: Friday, September 14, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 & 9:00 PM
PRICE: $28/Adv $31/Door, No Jazztix or Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Robert Williams

(615) 324-7750

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