The Jazz world is in shock at the passing of such an exceptional guitarist and one of the most decent human being you’ll ever meet.
When I was programming Smooth Jazz radio I had a frank conversation with Loeb about my dislike for 70% of the Smooth Jazz that I was getting at the radio station. He listened intently and said, “Wow, you’re getting 30% great music, that’s pretty good listening.” We also got onto Led Zeppelin and he shared stories of his early love for what we call Classic Rock. In the summer of 67 Chuck was 11.
I met drummer of Dave Weckl a few years when my son was in a drumming intensive with him and I mentioned Chuck and he said something like, “he always knows where to put his hand.” I first heard them together on “Night Fingers” a due project with pianist Andy Laverne in the early 90’s.
Loeb was involved in hundred’s of albums as a primary player and a major go-to producer in Jazz.
He was born on December 7, 1955 in New York as a guitarist who discovered Jazz shortly after Rock and Roll he lived in the right state. He stayed in the east coast in the mid seventies attending Berklee in Boston. Back in New York in the late 70’s he started working Stan Getz which pops on anyone’s resume. He was in Steps Ahead with Michael Brecker , who we lost in 2007.
He replaced Larry Carlton in Fourplay in 2010 a band that also include Lee Ritenour. He had the chops.
Chuck was one of the nicest people I’ve ever interviewed. I talked to him a few times. – by John Beaudin
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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