Jeff BeckOn Our Show: June 24, 2011
Birth Year: 1944
Origin: Wallington, England
Genres: classical|jazz|r & b|rock
About Jeff Beck:
Eight-time Grammy Award-winner Jeff Beck is one of the UK’s leading artists and one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock history. Making music in a place beyond categories and genres, Jeff can coax from his guitar sounds that few others can. Perhaps best known for his contributions to rock and roll with the Yardbirds, the Jeff Beck Group and as a soloist, Beck has also explored a variety of music styles, including jazz fusion and classical.
His playing style continues to break new ground and reflects the eclectic musical mix that is his trademark. Making music in a place beyond categories and genres, Jeff can coax from his guitar sounds that few others can. His live shows and virtuoso solos have become something of legend and the list of musicians he plays with similarly reflects his commitment to the best of the best.
Perhaps best known for his contributions to rock and roll with the Yardbirds, the Jeff Beck Group and as a soloist, Beck has also explored a variety of music styles, including jazz fusion and classical. Throughout his career, Beck has been credited with finding and launching the careers of some of the most exciting new artists on the musical landscape. Adding to his early find of Rod Stewart as singer of the Jeff Beck Group in the 70’s, his recent multiple performances with Imelda May at The Grammy’s and the Tribute to Les Paul at the Iridium, with subsequent U.S. tour, have brought the singer to the U.S. public’s attention, front and center. He has collaborated with Grammy-Award winning singer Imogen Heap and UK sensation Joss Stone on various albums. Over the last few years he has performed alongside singers Kelly Clarkson and Joss Stone and he has collaborated with New Orleans jazz-sensation Trombone Shorty, combining their talents for a roof raising performance at this year’s Jazz Festival and on a track to be featured on Shorty’s new album.
His latest studio album, Emotion&Commotion, was nominated for five Grammy awards last year, making him the most nominated rock artist of 2010. Beck went on to win Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Hammerhead” and Best Pop Instrumental performance for “Nessun Dorma”, both from Emotion&Commotion, marking only the second time an artist has won Grammys in both of these categories in the same year. The first time was in 2006 by guitar legend and Beck mentor Les Paul. Beck also won for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for “Imagine,” his collaboration with Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1 & Oumou Sangare.