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Gregg Karukas

Rank #2 US Thousand Oaks, CA Jazz / Smooth Jazz / Brazilian

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Sounds Like: Joe Sample, Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz, Peter White

Label: Trippin 'n Rhythm ( US, Canada) Nightowl ( Intl.)

Manager: alevers@a-train.com

Bio: With a Grammy award and several #1 hit songs to his credit, keyboardist/producer/composer Gregg Karukas has more than fulfilled his childhood dreams; as Gregg puts it, "My favorite musical term is "Composer". Coming up, my role models were the great composer/keyboardists: Herbie Hancock, Stevie W... See Full Bio

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Gregg Karukas has a show on 07/26/2014 at 08:00 PM @ Magic of Polynesia Sho... in Honolulu, HI http://www.reverbnation.com/q/4w9trw #concert

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Gregg wins Grammy
Feb 21, 2013
One of urban contemporary jazz’s most versatile and acclaimed artists over the p... [more]
Spring 2012
Apr 27, 2012
Hi All, Here is the latest from the Spring whirlwind of musical and otherwise K... [more]
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  • Sat

    Jul 26


    Honolulu, HI, US | 8:00pm

    Honolulu, HI, US
    Sat Jul 26 8:00pm
  • 2013

    Dec 19


    Westlake Village, CA, US | 7:30pm
    Bogie's at Westlake Villag...
    Westlake Village, CA, US
    Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:30pm

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    2 shows 7:30 and 9pm

  • 2013

    Dec 16


    Washington, DC, US | 6:00pm

    Washington, DC, US
    Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:00pm

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    HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS with GREGG KARUKAS & SHELBY FLINT – DEC 16 Gregg Karukas and Shelby Flint bring all the warmth of the season to the area with“Home for the Holidays”, an “unplugged” Holiday Jazz concert featuring music from their CD that immediately gained massive air play on both Mainstream, and Contemporary Jazz formats upon its initial release. It features Gregg’s innovative trio arrangements of holiday classics, and four originals written or co-written by legendary singer-songwriter Shelby Flint (“Angel on my Shoulder”). “Home ……should become a Christmas Jazz classic..and establish Shelby Flint as a singer and songwriter of the highest order”. (Wayne Lee JAZZIZ). “… a lush glorious holiday treat…the ultimate in unplugged.” (Jonathan Widran LA Jazz Scene) “I started out copying a girl named Shelby Flint…”Joni Mitchell / Mirabella Magazine Gregg Karukas: Grammy winning Keyboardist/Composer Gregg Karukas is undeniably one of the busiest artists of the Contemporary/Smooth Jazz genre. His latest high profile gigs: Musical Director and keyboardist for the Dave Koz and Friends Music Cruises to Alaska (2010) and Europe (2012 & 2013), Pacific Rim Jazz Fest in Hawaii, Java Jazz (Jakarta) and Mallorca Smooth Jazz Fest (Spain) in 2014 and tours with Peter White, Rick Braun, Mindi Abair and more. Gregg is one of the few in the Smooth Jazz genre that scores hit after hit writing and producing his own projects, never depending on pop covers or outside material. “GK” is his latest – his 11th solo CD – with a signature piano touch and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. He won a Grammy in 2013 as producer, composer and keyboardist of the Best New Age Album and has received multiple Best Keyboardist nominations at the Oasis and National Smooth Jazz Awards and his solo radio hits include: #1 “Nightshift”, #1 “Summerhouse”, #4 “Blue Touch” and #4 “Girl in the Red Dress”. Shelby Flint: “I started out copying a girl named Shelby Flint…”Joni Mitchell / Mirabella Magazine The simple song she wrote and sang as a teenager still resonates as the prototype for the entire female singer/songwriter genre. Shelby Flint’s “Angel on My Shoulder” became a Top 30 hit on the radio in 1960 and launched a record company Valiant Records. Another radio hit was “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”. After raising a family and having worked in the company of artists such as Chick Corea, Tom Scott, and Al Jarreau, Ms. Flint’s own compositions and arrangements began to reflect the influences of jazz, latin, and R & B. In 1981, her work in the L.A. studios on albums, soundtracks such as Charlie Brown TV specials and films such as “The Rescuers” “Someone’s Waiting for You” which was nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Original Song, “Breezy” and commercials earned her a NARAS “Most Valuable Player” nomination. On “Home for the Holidays”, singer / songwriter Shelby Flint’s soulful, airy voice captures all the warmth of the season and brings new life to well known standards. Shelby and Gregg’s hit, I Keep it to Myself”,from Gregg’s release, “Sound of Emotion”, was featured on the 94.7 Wave-Aid 6 compilation release which has sold over 100,000 copies nationwide. www.karukas.com www.youtube.com/watch?v=cldK6g7YRW4

  • 2013

    Dec 13


    Reading, PA, US | 7:30pm

    Reading, PA, US
    Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:30pm

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    HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS with GREGG KARUKAS & SHELBY FLINT – DEC 13 Gregg Karukas and Shelby Flint bring all the warmth of the season to the area with“Home for the Holidays”, an “unplugged” Holiday Jazz concert featuring music from their CD that immediately gained massive air play on both Mainstream, and Contemporary Jazz formats upon its initial release. It features Gregg’s innovative trio arrangements of holiday classics, and four originals written or co-written by legendary singer-songwriter Shelby Flint (“Angel on my Shoulder”). “Home ……should become a Christmas Jazz classic..and establish Shelby Flint as a singer and songwriter of the highest order”. (Wayne Lee JAZZIZ). “… a lush glorious holiday treat…the ultimate in unplugged.” (Jonathan Widran LA Jazz Scene) “I started out copying a girl named Shelby Flint…”Joni Mitchell / Mirabella Magazine Gregg Karukas: Grammy winning Keyboardist/Composer Gregg Karukas is undeniably one of the busiest artists of the Contemporary/Smooth Jazz genre. His latest high profile gigs: Musical Director and keyboardist for the Dave Koz and Friends Music Cruises to Alaska (2010) and Europe (2012 & 2013), Pacific Rim Jazz Fest in Hawaii, Java Jazz (Jakarta) and Mallorca Smooth Jazz Fest (Spain) in 2014 and tours with Peter White, Rick Braun, Mindi Abair and more. Gregg is one of the few in the Smooth Jazz genre that scores hit after hit writing and producing his own projects, never depending on pop covers or outside material. “GK” is his latest – his 11th solo CD – with a signature piano touch and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. He won a Grammy in 2013 as producer, composer and keyboardist of the Best New Age Album and has received multiple Best Keyboardist nominations at the Oasis and National Smooth Jazz Awards and his solo radio hits include: #1 “Nightshift”, #1 “Summerhouse”, #4 “Blue Touch” and #4 “Girl in the Red Dress”. Shelby Flint: “I started out copying a girl named Shelby Flint…”Joni Mitchell / Mirabella Magazine The simple song she wrote and sang as a teenager still resonates as the prototype for the entire female singer/songwriter genre. Shelby Flint’s “Angel on My Shoulder” became a Top 30 hit on the radio in 1960 and launched a record company Valiant Records. Another radio hit was “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”. After raising a family and having worked in the company of artists such as Chick Corea, Tom Scott, and Al Jarreau, Ms. Flint’s own compositions and arrangements began to reflect the influences of jazz, latin, and R & B. In 1981, her work in the L.A. studios on albums, soundtracks such as Charlie Brown TV specials and films such as “The Rescuers” “Someone’s Waiting for You” which was nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Original Song, “Breezy” and commercials earned her a NARAS “Most Valuable Player” nomination. On “Home for the Holidays”, singer / songwriter Shelby Flint’s soulful, airy voice captures all the warmth of the season and brings new life to well known standards. Shelby and Gregg’s hit, I Keep it to Myself”,from Gregg’s release, “Sound of Emotion”, was featured on the 94.7 Wave-Aid 6 compilation release which has sold over 100,000 copies nationwide. www.karukas.com www.youtube.com/watch?v=cldK6g7YRW4

  • 2013

    Jun 22


    Charlotte, NC, US | 7:00pm

    Charlotte, NC, US
    Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:00pm
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  • Voni Crist (Artist) Voni Crist
    Hi Gregg, Just stopping by to listen to your great music. Have a great rest of the weekend, Voni Crist
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