Laurence Juber

Classic Folk Rock

Sun, Mar 13

Laurence Juber is an acoustic guitarist, composer, and producer who is best known for his work with Paul McCartney in the band Wings.

He joined that band in 1978 and during his time with the group won a Grammy award for Best Rock Instrumental for the tune “Rockestra” off the album Back to the Egg.

Known by many of his fans simply as “LJ,” Juber was born and raised in London.

He says he began playing guitar the week that “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles was released and, by the time he was 13, began to earn money by performing at local get-togethers.

A couple of years later he took up the study of classical guitar and then went on to earn a music degree from the London University, Goldsmith College. He also performed as a soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Around the mid-’70s, Juber found work as a session player. He perfected his skills as a variable guitarist along the way and earned a respected name for himself in the profession.

For instance, that’s his guitar solo at the end of “Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me).”

In the early ’80s Juber left his homeland behind and moved to Los Angeles and did a lot of work for hit television shows like Home Improvement, Seventh Heaven, Boy Meets World, and Roseanne, as well as noted movies such as Dirty Dancing, Splash, Doc Hollywood, Pocahontas, Snow Day, Good Will Hunting, and many others.

In 1990, he released his second solo album, Solo Flight and spent the next decade exploring altered tunings in his music.

In 2000, Juber released the solo album LJ plays the Beatles and The Collection and in 2003 the album Guitarist was released to critical acclaim.

Juber’s credentials as a top-tier fingerstyle guitarist continue to grow. Having been voted “Guitarist of the Year” by readers of Fingerstyle Guitar magazine as well as one of the top acoustic players of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Juber is an ambassador for his instrument as well as his own music.

He also earned a second Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental for his solo guitar arrangement of “The Pink Panther Theme” on the CD Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar and released a series of instructional CD’s that teach basic music theory and arrangement techniques for guitarists.

In addition to his own recording and performances, Laurence Juber has produced and played on Al Stewart’s albums Between the Wars (1995), Down in the Cellar (2000), A Beach Full of Shells (2005) and Sparks of Ancient Light (2008), and occasionally performs with Stewart.

* Guitar virtuoso has played with Paul McCartney and Al Stewart.

* Multiple Grammy winner

* Considered one of the best fingerstyle pickers around.

“He gloriously articulates the melodies and never succumbs to show-off playing. But the notes spin out of the songs with such finesse and musical agility, it’s hard to believe he has only 10 fingers and six strings. Juber has made a rare acoustic guitar record with bark and bite. His playing is just short of sleight of hand and, like all magicians, he makes it seem effortless.” – San Francisco Chronicle

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