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Gregg Karukas

A talented keyboardist, Gregg Karukas has mostly worked in the commercial side of jazz. Although he noodled on the piano from age six, he did not start studying music seriously until he was a teenager. Karukas often played organ in R&B bands early on and at 17 he began a five-year stint with Tim Eyermann's East Coast Offering. After a period working as a studio musician in D.C., he moved to Los Angeles in 1983, where he became a major part of the pop-jazz scene, playing with (among others) Richard Elliot, Grant Geissman, Ronnie Laws, and David Benoit. Karukas worked for a year and a half with Melissa Manchester, had a band that featured the young saxophonist Dave Koz, and in the mid-'80s became an original member of the Rippingtons. In addition to his crossover work, Karukas has gained extensive experience playing Brazilian music, including with Ricardo Silveira, Sergio Mendes, and Dori Caymmi; worked as a freelance producer; been a sideman on albums by Boney James, Peter White, and Craig Chaquico; worked as a studio musician; and written songs for a variety of R&B/pop artists. As a leader, Gregg Karukas has recorded for Optimism, Positive Music, Fahrenheit, I.E. Music, N-Coded Music, and Trippin 'N' Rhythm. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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This is in the ramsey Lewis class of jazz mr.kamikaze is a definitive musician
This is the melody man. All songs have great texture
Dude has some serious chops!
He has a new fan. Loved this one!
NICE AND SMOOTH KEEP THAT GROOVE
Seen him in concert in VEGAS....... . s m o k i n g show
Gregg fits right in!
He has his own unique style, very special, always up tempo.
eddyedi
Gregg's music has been sweet, mechanical & predictable. Nothing wrong with that specially when we talk about cool jazzy sound. After awhile, this music do sound the same. Why not play someone elses' songs that are composed for singing not for piano...like Human Nature (M Jackson) perhaps that will be refreshing. Additionally . . . start having real string or brass section or acoustic sound here and there in the arrangement. Just a thought.
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tomman30
always soooo smooth
edavis6959
Has great control over complete sound very talented, I like the way he combines smooth and traditional. Looking forward to seeing great things.
dpayne187
Smooth Cat! Can play those keys, no doubt.
Great sounds! :-)
GKarukas has amazing music and is stage performance is outstanding, a must see concert.
jhamilt519
Love your music. Must sadly say I had never heard of you BUT love listening to Benoit, Rippingtons, W h i t e and such and now you are on my list. What a gift of talent you do have!
musclemilk68
What a great artist. true talent is most evident. I love my mom, and believe in cannibalism.
Great clean sound. I like it! Keep the Groove Jim
belljanet75
I had the pleasure of seeing Gregg perform live at the Berk's Jazz Fest in 2010 at Reading PA.. He was off the hook! He has such great stage presence. I Had my picture taken with him! I will always treasure that moment. (bmahogany10 @ v e r i z o n . n e t ) Harrisburg Pa
tlt1227
If you LOVE smooth jazz Gregg Karukas is the man to get you straight smooth. All the artist that come with him compliment him totally. Pandora is a jewel that must be shared. This station is the best that I have come across on the internet. Love it!!!!
i cut into Gregg about two weeks pry to going on vacation about 8-9 yrs ago while checkin out a station new to me(Launchcas t Plus) hope to hear more of his work. the man is awesome....
doug5341
i set my pandora station up and call it 'karukas radio', very talented man his greatest attribute is the quality of his sound and the pleasant nature of his technique
nice, did'nt know of him until now, will look him up always looking for more great music straight junkie...wan t more, more, and more..shout out to pandora radio i love you!!!!1
Blue Touch is nice. Not too Velveeta-e
trotterkjt
gregg gettin it done...the boy is baaaaad!
Nice and mellow. where yah been Gregg?
This guy plays really lively smooth jazz. Lots of music. Everybody gets a big part in his bands. solid
My favorite by Gregg is "Healing Song" it reminds me of a very special someone in my life.
scorpion4331
One of the most rhythmic jazz pianist I've ever heard. My all time
favorite: Lady In The Red Dress!!!!
Gregg knows that mellow funk groove better than most.Give that Night Owl lp a listen...if you can find it.
My all time favorite jazz pianist, a musician with total class in the music, I have everything he made and listen to it constantly.
you think his last couple of CD's were great.....ch e c k out his latest "GK"
Love the Rippington's , I am new to this artist and hope to enjoy all of his solo work!
gregg joins the company of joe sample,bob james and ramsey lewis.smooth and cool the only way to do jazz.
He reminds me of Grover alittle smooth and cool!
windowtalkin g
Gregg is one of my favorite keyboard players, real smooth
I enjoy listening to Greg Karukas music. I play his songs continuious at home, at work, and in my car, and I'm trying to get my motorcycle equipped to play sounds so that I can hear him there also. The music is awesome.
... Judy McAdoo-Taylo r . . . .
joyce_hugo
Earlier this year in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to see Greg Karukas at Yoshis. He is a complete musician, talented with great showmanship. Can't wait to see him again...real l y feel his music
rick4303
Amazing piano style... I had the great pleasure of seeing this man tear it up on a Prophet-V -twenty five years ago in Frederick Md. Man, oh man!
Nice sound, impressive resume. I will listen for more of his work in the future.
abgalbreath
Really enjoy his music. Good and crisp. Good background music for relaxing situations.
J-Dogg says: GOT ALL OF HIS CD'S! Need I say more, very artistic young man with a very cool sound. I agree w/cwdude - you end up liking all the cuts on a CD of his. Can't wait for the next project to come out in SEPTEMBER. That's right new month -holla!
One of the artists ever...wadda y a mena potential..h e has great music..somet i m e s in a record youlike 2 or 2 songs. YOuhear a record form Gregg and all his songs a are great. What a great musician. He should be featured!
Jesus, what do you mean, potential star?? This guy has surpassed stardom. Keepit going
are you in the new house yet? Hope you had a great thanksgiving , we spent it with Phil and Philea...had a blast! We're thinking of you, if you need any help at all, just give a shout!
Lori and Bart

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