Internationally recognised as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s band Wings, Laurence Juber is to perform two dates in the UK next month.
Juber has established himself as a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger. He has released 23 solo albums; the latest is Fingerboard Road, featuring thirteen tunes, mostly from the 1960s and ‘70s, the period when he ‘came of age’ as a musician. LJ Plays The Beatles, was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten albums.
“One of the world’s most remarkable acoustic guitarists” – The South China Post
Wednesday August 3rd – the Laurence Juber Duo featuring Nicholas Fitch
For the first of his two concerts at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Laurence, a holder of the NYJO guitar chair early in his career, teams up with the young British jazz musician Nicholas Fitch, the current guitarist in the NYJO line up, to play solos and duets. Nicholas has already built a strong reputation as an innovative, creative writer, player and arranger, having recently appeared at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club with the NYJO Nonet, with his own group at The Pheasantry and as a guest artist with members of the Wynton Marsalis Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra at the Barbican.
Thursday August 4th – Laurence Juber Trio featuring Arnie Somogyi & Stephen Keogh
Laurence brings together two giants of the U.K. jazz scene to play a wide range of classic jazz and popular music themes. Arnie Somogyi – double bass Arnie is a much-sought after musician, composer, bandleader and a jazz lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire. He’s performed and recorded on over 40 albums, with a wide variety of leading musicians, from pop legends to renowned jazz artists.
“Arnie plays with rhythmic energy, great variety of tone and texture, and enormous charm” – The Observer Stephen Keogh – drums Born in Ireland, Stephen followed his studies there in London and New York. He played as percussionist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, contemporary music ensembles and many visiting jazz artists. Stephen has worked all over the world with many great musicians and is well known for his versatility and accompanying skills as the drummer of choice for numerous jazz legends from the US.
As a studio musician, Juber he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Seal and Barry Manilow, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.
Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and crafted the score to NBC Dateline’s Children Of The Harvest. With his wife Hope Juber, he has composed the scores to the musical comedies Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, A Very Brady Musical and It’s The Housewives!