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Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Gregg Karukas!

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In the WSMJ days, we played the HECK outta Gregg Karukas.  Of course, we did - it was a Baltimore station and Gregg is a Maryland "Homie."  He left the state a long time ago - to pursue dreams in Los Angeles - but you can never take the state out of Gregg :)

During his childhood, Gregg was never without music.  Dad had a roadside tavern in Bowie, Maryland - and there was a popular jukebox that was FULL of songs.  The Beatles, Motown - everything that was life-changing in the 60's.  It was at that point that the multi-instrumental talent that we know today decided to focus on composition as well as playing.  He wanted to touch people the way that he was touched, listening to his musical inspirations.

Gregg was a pioneer in synthesizer, at 16!  He owned one of the first mini-moogs.  Something else about Gregg, which will make you appreciate him even more: he not only co-founded the fusion group, East Coast Offering - but also formed Natural Bridge, a D.C. powerhouse of Jazz/Rock.  When he moved to L.A. in the early 80's, he was well-versed in playing a variety of styles.  In his subsequent visits around the globe, Gregg incorporated that world vibe into his already elegant and "transportational" instrumentals.  That passionate vibe was an organic connection to New Age artist, Omar Akram. Together, they plowed beautiful territory with the Grammy Award-winning project, "Echoes of Love."  

There is so much that you might not know about Gregg - he was co-founder of The Rippingtons.  His house band was featured on Showtime's "It's Gary Shandling's Show."   # 1 songs and albums ("Soul Secrets!") that get BUZZ.  Join us in the second hour of the show on 9/9 - a special day for a VERY special artist.

 

 

 

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