Smooth Jazz guitarist Jeff Golub, an artist whose career spanned three decades and included collaborations with rock and pop artists, as well as his own solo career, has died. He was 59 years old.
A representative of his website, JeffGolub.com, confirmed his passing via email at 11am this morning.
Golub released 11 solo albums and 3 CD’s as the leader of his group, “Avenue Blue”. Before becoming an solo artist, Golub worked as a sideman to Rod Stewart from 1988 to 1995. Golub was in his teens when he first heard a Wes Montgomery recording. From that moment, it led him to study guitar at Berklee College of Music 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. 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 the self titled, “Avenue Blue” in 1994 for Mesa Bluemoon/Atlantic records.
In 2011, Golub lost his vision due to a collapse of the optic nerve. Despite this, Golub continued to record and perform music. In September 2012, Golub fell onto the tracks of a New York City subway and was saved by Good Samaritans. Golub was brought to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center with minor injuries.
Just recently, he was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder and was forced to cancel all performances. A benefit concert was scheduled for later this month. No word yet on whether that will continue.
Smooth Jazz and More will be adding selected tracks from his distinguished music career to our daily playlist. We offer our sincere condolences to the Golub family and friends.