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Grammy Winner Larry Carlton at the RRazz Room, Hotel Nikko San Francisco, June 2-4 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011

Larry Carlton

Four-time (and 2011) Grammy-winning guitarist Larry Carlton appears June 2-4 at the  RRazz Room at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. Located in Union Square, the club showcases Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy award winners. With a string of hit albums and countless appearances world-wide, Carlton’s eclectic style has earned him fans across jazz, smooth jazz, fusion, pop, rock, classic soul and R&B genres.

Larry Carlton started learning to play guitar when he was six years old, studying under Slim Edwards near his Torrance, CA home. Taking an interest in jazz while at high school, his playing style was influenced by Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, and B.B. King. Saxophonist John Coltrane also made a notable impression on Carlton, and Carlton's live albums have featured cuts from Miles Davis's Kind of Blue.

Larry Carlton
Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends (1961). During the 1970s and early 1980s, he was a session musician in Los Angeles, making up to five hundred recordings a year. His studio credits include Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, etc. From 1971 to 1976 he played with The Crusaders. In 1977 he signed a solo contract with Warner Bros. Records, and in 1979 he played guitar on Michael Jackson's Off the Wall. Although still relatively unknown outside his fan-base, Carlton produced six albums from 1978 to 1984, including his 1983 Grammy-nominated LP, Friends. From 1985 to 1990 Carlton did various solo projects including the 1986 live Last Nite. He won a Grammy for his cover of the McDonald/Abrams song, "Minute by Minute," from the successful LP Discovery.

In 1988, Carlton was the victim of a random shooting outside his private studio. The bullet shattered his vocal cord, yet he recovered quickly and completed On Solid Ground by the end of the year. He next recorded  a commercial jazz project,  Kid Gloves, followed by his 1993 blues album, Renegade Gentleman featuring Nashville, Tennessee harmonica player Terry McMillan. From 1994 to 1997 Carlton toured notably with Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, resulting in Larry & Lee, and in 1997, replaced Lee Ritenour in Fourplay. Another solo album, Fingerprints, was released in 2000, and the following year he earned a third Grammy for his No Substitutions: Live in Osaka with Lukather. In 2009, Larry toured with Steely Dan.

Take Your Pick with Tak Matsumoto won "Best Pop Instrumental Album” at the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011. Carlton’s latest recording,  Plays The Sound Of Philadelphia, was released on 335 Records in February. In addition to his stack of Grammys, Carlton received the 2011 George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award and was named one of the ten greatest-ever session guitarists by Gibson. Among his many compositions is the Grammy-winning theme song for the hit television series, Hill Street Blues

Larry Carlton appears at the RRazz Room at Hotel Nikko June 2-3 at 8 pm and on June 4 at 7 and 9:30 pm. Tickets $47.50. Hotel Nikko is located at 222 Mason Street, San Francisco. For tickets and more information, 800-380-3095 or

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