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Aug. 1, 2017

Jazz Guitar Great and Fourplay Member Chuck Loeb Succumbs to Cancer at Age 61

Chuck Loeb, a versatile guitarist, composer and producer best known for his associations with Stan Getz, Steps Ahead, and contemporary jazz supergroup Fourplay, died at 9 p.m. on July 31, according to his family. Loeb was 61. He had suffered with cancer for several years. A musician whose compositions have been recorded by a variety of smooth-jazz and acts, Loeb recorded more than 20 albums as a solo artist, composed commercial jingles, TV theme songs and music for films, and had an extensive career as a studio musician. His rhythm and lead work is found on a variety of pop, jazz and Brazilian recordings.

Shanachie Entertainment, Loeb’s label, offers the following:

We at Shanachie are saddened by the loss of Chuck Loeb, who had been part of the Shanachie family of artists for two decades. As guitarist, arranger, producer and composer, Chuck’s wide-ranging artistry manifested across genre boundaries and, aside from creating hits for himself, Chuck helped many other artists to create great music. Beyond his gifts as a musical artist, Chuck was one of those rare people about whom only good things were said… in his unassuming way Chuck’s presence was always a positive one. Beyond his unquestioned technical brilliance and musical facility, there was a sensitive spirit which is memorably manifested on his beloved composition “Blue Kiss.” We will miss him. 

We at The Smooth Jazz Ride also offer our sympathy and condolences to the family.