The Media Reports News of Jeff Golub’s Death at Age 59

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Guitarist Jeff Golub Dies at 59
Suffered from rare brain disorder that led to blindness and loss of functions

By Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff Golub, a guitarist who crossed seamlessly between jazz, blues and rock, died in New York Jan. 1, following a lengthy illness. He was 59. His management confirmed Golub’s death in an email. The precise cause of death have not yet been reported but Golub had experienced a series of physical setbacks in recent years that ultimately caused him to no longer be able to perform. First, Golub gradually lost his eyesight in June 2011 due to the collapse of an optic nerve. The following year, he fell onto the subway tracks in New York and was dragged by a train, but was rescued by onlookers and escaped unscathed. He was later diagnosed with more serious, at first unidentified, issues later determined to be a rare and incurable brain disorder called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Fans contributed tens of thousands of dollars toward his medical expenses via crowd-funding websites and an auction.

Jeff Golub
Jeff Golub, who was born in Copley, Ohio, April 15, 1955, played his first gig in 1967 at age 12 and turned professional during the following decade. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and worked in singer James Montgomery’s band while in Boston. In 1980, after moving to New York, Golub joined the band of rock singer Billy Squier, with whom he toured and recorded extensively. Golub released his first solo recording, Unspoken Words, for Gaia Records in 1988.

Golub released more than a dozen albums in all as a leader and three with the Avenue Blue Band, and spent several years (1988-95) in the band of singer Rod Stewart. He also collaborated with dozens of artists as a sideman, including Ashford and Simpson, Alphonse Mouzon, Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Everette Harp, Peter Wolf, John Waite, Vanessa Williams, Gato Barbieri, Bill Evans, Rick Braun, Tina Turner, Dar Williams, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Marc Cohn, Richard Elliot, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth, Jeff Lorber and Peter White. Golub was also a member of Dave Koz and the Kozmos, the house band of The Emeril Lagasse Show.

Golub’s final album, made with keyboardist Brian Auger, was Train Kept A Rolling, its title inspired by Golub’s subway incident.

A tribute concert featuring many of the artists with whom Golub collaborated will take place Jan. 21 at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Manhattan.

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Jeff Golub, Jazz Guitarist and Rod Stewart Sideman, Dead at 59
By Colin Stutz

Contemporary jazz, blues and rock guitarist Jeff Golub, who played alongside Rod Stewart and Billy Squier, died on Thursday, according to JazzTimes. He was 59.

Though the precise cause of death has not been confirmed, Golub had been battling a rare brain disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy that caused him to inexplicably lose his eyesight in 2011.

Over his career, Golub released 12 solo albums and three more as the leader of the instrumental band, Avenue Blue. He played alongside Stewart from 1988-1995, on four albums and five world tours.

Golub was born in 1955 in Copely, Ohio, and started playing guitar at an early age. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and joined singer James Montgomery’s band while in Boston. He began working with Squier after moving to New York in 1980, and in 1988 released his first solo album, Unspoken Words, for Gaia Records.

He continued to play as a session musician for many pop and jazz artists, including Tina Turner, Vanessa Williams, Peter Wolf and Bill Evans, releasing a number of his own albums over the years.

Golub made the news in 2012, following his loss of eyesight, when he fell off a New York City subway platform onto the tracks ahead of an oncoming train, escaping narrowly with only minor injuries. The name of his final release, 2013’s Train Keeps a Rolling, was inspired by that event.

A tribute concert for Golub featuring a number of his friends and collaborators will take place Jan. 21 at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Manhattan, helping to raise funds on behalf of Golub and his family. Tickets are available here.

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Rolling Stone:

Rod Stewart Sideman and Jazz Guitarist Jeff Golub Dead at 59
Veteran musician played with Billy Squier, Peter Wolf, Tina Turner and many others
By Jason Newman | January 2, 2015

Jeff Golub, the longtime jazz, blues and rock guitarist who played on albums by Rod Stewart and Billy Squier alongside his own solo work, died on Thursday at the age of 59, according to Jazz Times.

While the exact cause of death remains unknown, Golub had experienced a series of medical setbacks in recent years, including a rare, incurable brain disorder known as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

In his long career, Golub recorded 11 solo albums and three as leader of jazz band Avenue Blue. But it was his work with Stewart — Golub toured and recorded as his lead guitarist from 1988 until 1995 — that earned him the most renown in jazz and rock circles.

Born in Copley, Ohio, in 1955, Golub began playing guitar at 12, absorbing a wide range of influences, including music from the Grand Ole Opry and the British Invasion. The blues became his true obsession, and the guitarist soaked in music by Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton, among many others.

After attending the Berklee College of Music, Golub moved to New York in 1980 and began working with Squier, recording seven albums with the arena rock star. He would go on to become an in-demand session player, working with numerous pop and jazz artists including Tina Turner, Peter Wolf, Vanessa Williams and Bill Evans.

Golub released his debut album Unspoken Words in 1988, the same year he would join Stewart’s band as lead guitarist. He stayed with Stewart until 1995, but left to focus on his own career. Avenue Blue, the eponymous debut by Golub’s group, was released in 1994 and earned Golub new acclaim in the smooth jazz market. Golub would record a steady stream of albums in subsequent years, including 2000’s Dangerous Curves, 2003’s Soul Sessions and 2007’s Grand Central.

In 2011, Golub lost his eyesight after his optic nerve collapsed, though the musician maintained an optimistic outlook on his career and life. “Fortunately, I’m in one of the few professions where I can get by without my sight,” Golub said on his website. “It’s made me a better artist. It’s opened up my ears, and I hear things more acutely now. It’s put me more in touch with my feelings and with my public. My audience has been incredibly supportive.”

One year later, Golub made headlines when he fell off a New York City subway track and was dragged by an oncoming train, only to escape with minor injuries. The musician used the incident as inspiration in naming his last album, 2013’s Train Keeps a Rolling.

“To me, there’s only two kinds of music: the kind that’s from the heart and the kind that’s not,” Golub said. “Regardless of the style or genre, music is either real or it’s not real. I like any kind of music that’s from the heart, and that’s the kind that I try to make.”

A tribute concert featuring Koz, Christopher Cross, Chuck Loeb, Kirk Whalum and others will be held at New York’s B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill on January 21st. The show will raise funds on behalf of Golub and his family.

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