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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Looking Up

1. Girl In The Red Dress

2. London Underground

3. Looking Up

4. Relentless

5. First Flight Home

6. Show Me the Way

7. Corner Club / Clube Da Esquina

8. Isabella

9. CrossRhodes

10. Deep Into You

11. Lost in Negril

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Track List: Blue Touch

1. Blue Touch

2. Azure Dreaming

3. Cruisin' Your House At Midnite

4. Club Havana

5. Fly Away (Thinking Of You)

6. Karukas Gregg / Snakey Shoes

7. Karukas Gregg / Road Back To Love

8. Karukas Gregg / Simone

9. Karukas Gregg / Conversation

10. Karukas Gregg / Always

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Track List: Summerhouse

1. Summerhouse

2. My Best Friend

3. Moonlit Breeze

4. Desert Dancing

5. First Love

6. Whale Watching

7. Spinning Dreams

8. Thanks For The Reason

9. Autobahn

10. I Dream Of You

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Track List: Sound Of Emotion

1. Magic Smiles

2. Alligator Alley

3. Severna Park

4. Sound Of Emotion

5. Open Skies

6. Introspecs

7. Para Los Ninos

8. I Keep It To Myself

9. Dori's Song

10. Walk On

11. Love On The Beach

12. Sound Of Emotion (Reprise)

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Track List: Key Witness

1. City Of Hope

2. Passion Dance

3. Happy The Man

4. Love Is In Your Own Backyard

5. Catalina Wind

6. In My Dreams

7. Hey Witness

8. Too Much To Ask

9. Green Hills

10. Our Love Is On The Faultline

11. Three Wishes, One Desire

12. Toluca Lake

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Track List: The Nightowl

1. Drive Time

2. Lady In My Heart

3. Walkin' With You

4. Alena

5. The Nightowl (For Nancye)

6. Calypso Dance

7. Magic Cat

8. Talbot Street Cafe

9. C.I. To Eye (For Cynthia)

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Track List: You'll Know It's Me

1. Back On The Boardwalk

2. Welcome Home

3. You'll Know It's Me

4. Two Hearts Make One

5. Del Mar Run

6. Learning To Dance

7. Soul Sermon

8. Avalon

9. Love Like This

10. Tomorrow We Sail

11. Barracuda Bob

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Good keys!!!
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GK give us more music!!!
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Love it beautiful music always listen to it relax me at work and home I just love it
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Very up beat, Jazzy, Smooth &Relaxing. That is what u r.
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I just like his music. It is Jazz & R&B and a lot of Soul. You go guy.
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Always tell a Ripperton alum.
followed you for a long time
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Gregg knows how to make the music setting just right for anytime of the day! A very talented musician!
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billschurman n
I have all of Greg's albums, and could listen to his music for hours.
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Between each little bit of jazz a little rain will fall
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Intuitive, mellow, and seductively inspiring
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A real EARgasm .. Amazing .
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72ladynwaiti n g
Smooth jazz at it's finest.
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real jazz to the core.
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Love his new Soul Secrets CD. Had the chance to watch him perform with Euge Groove and Peter White at the Soiled Dove. Great show!
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lavonnefield s
Gliding and tapping my foot :)
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some easy listenng mood jazz
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Just saw him w/Peter White @ DJazz Alley Seattle, great as ever
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miknessa3
I first started listening to Gregg Karukas over 10 years ago. I am fascinated with the piano and his sound makes me love it more. He is one of my favorites.
MJ Carter
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Been big fan since my 1st Rippingtons show 20 plus yrs.
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What can you say, one of the very few people's music, which sounds as good as the record even better live, one of my favorite musician, outstanding
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Loving this great jazzing.
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Phenomenal! Saw him and a host of others (Jeff Kashuwa & Co.) at the Thorton Winery in Temecula, Call.

Again, in a word, Phenomenal!
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Smooth!
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Always enjoy jazzy piano and smooth vibes of his music !
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Classic!!!!! ! !
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barbiec1957
Love it ,Love it
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revcarm
da brotha is BAD!
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UP BEAT TEMPO !RQ/RLH
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First time fan. Love your up temple smooth sound! Easy!! RQ/RLH
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Gregg sorry but again you're one of those Dudes that when you purchase a CD you know from jump street its the Bombay, keep put it down, I've enjoyed your jams for many, many, Years You're the Man!
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Gregg your one of those Dudes you can play fr 1st cut to the last
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BRINGS BACK MEMORIES WHEN MY DADDY WAS ALIVE W/ ME $$$$$ :) ;)
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This is in the ramsey Lewis class of jazz mr.kamikaze is a definitive musician
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This is the melody man. All songs have great texture
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Dude has some serious chops!
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He has a new fan. Loved this one!
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NICE AND SMOOTH KEEP THAT GROOVE
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Seen him in concert in VEGAS....... . s m o k i n g show
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Gregg fits right in!
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He has his own unique style, very special, always up tempo.
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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
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Has great control over complete sound very talented, I like the way he combines smooth and traditional. Looking forward to seeing great things.
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dpayne187
Smooth Cat! Can play those keys, no doubt.
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Great sounds! :-)
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GKarukas has amazing music and is stage performance is outstanding, a must see concert.
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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!
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musclemilk68
What a great artist. true talent is most evident. I love my mom, and believe in cannibalism.
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jlcj1
Great clean sound. I like it! Keep the Groove Jim
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