One of urban contemporary jazz’s most versatile and acclaimed artists over the past 25 years, keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is now a Grammy Award winner for producing, engineering, co-writing and arranging Omar Akram’s Echoes of Love, which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in February 2013.
As a solo artist, Gregg's 11 CDs have garnered consistently solid reviews for his signature piano touch, pristine production, and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. Always in demand as a musical director and keyboardist, Gregg has received multiple Best Keyboardist nominations at the Oasis and National Smooth Jazz Awards. His best-known singles, "Girl in the Red Dress" (#4) "Nightshift" (#1), and Jessy J.'s #1 hit "Tropical Rain" showcase Gregg's funky, melodic compositional style familiar to his fans.
Gregg's uplifting attitude shows in his concerts, as he has emerged over the years as one of the genre's most dynamic and inspiring live performers since he first took the stage in 1987 with the original Rippingtons and toured through the years with superstars Boney James, Sergio Mendes and Larry Carlton. Even as future production and headline offers come in, Gregg continues to tour the world with Peter White and Rick Braun and is Musical Director for the Dave Koz and Friends Cruise to Europe, featuring the best artists in smooth jazz and international stars such as Michael Bolton, Shelia E., Michael McDonald, and Jeffrey Osborne.
It's not smooth jazz musicians that deserve the disrespect they often receive from fans and critics. Smooth jazz is not the enemy. It's smooth jazz radio programmers who clown their own formats by sticking in records by pop and rock artists like John Legend, Michael McDonald and Steely Dan, and expect the listener to think it's all the same.That's too bad because Gregg Karukas deserves to be taken seriously as one of the more versatile keyboardists in the ...