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Featured Artist - Gregg Karukas

Gregg Karukas is a prolific, genre-crossing veteran of Smooth Jazz, Brazilian, New Age and R&B / Pop and has toured with Sergio Mendes, Dori Caymmi and Ricardo Silveira during a star studded career.

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He is a Grammy winning keyboardist / composer and enjoyed the rare accomplishment of having 2 consecutive #1 hit songs and 3 TOP 5 Chart Hits from his stellar 2014 CD release Soul Secrets. His 2nd single Rio Drive was named the #1 most played song of 2015 on Alan Kepler's Smooth Jazz Top 20! (#2 on Billboard's 2015 airplay chart). It follows Elegant Nights which hit the top of the charts in January of 2015. Only You, the third single dedicated to Gregg's wife Yvonne hit #2 on Smooth Jazz Top 20 in July 2016. 

Gregg has taken his ever present smile and energetic show around the world to Java Jazz in Jakarta, Manila, Jazztrax Catalina Jazz Festival and the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival.

One of urban contemporary jazz's most versatile and acclaimed artists for over 25 years Gregg won a Grammy for producing, composing, arranging, playing all keyboards and engineering Echoes of Love, which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in February 2013.

He was a founding member of The Rippingtons and since then has been in the company of the top acts in the Smooth Jazz and R&B pop genres touring with Boney James, Peter White, Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Melissa Manchester, Larry Carlton, Sergio Mendes, Brenda Russell, Jeffrey Osborne and featured with various Allstar groups in more recent years.

He has had a diverse career in music with a long list of credits on CD’s and all media. Gregg arranged and played all keyboards on the theme songs to Disney's Ducktales and Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers and is a veteran of lots of TV and Film music sessions including Cheers, Stand and Deliver, Life Goes On and Mr. Wrong.

As a solo artist Gregg's 12 all-original CDs have garnered consistently solid reviews for his signature piano touch, pristine production, and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated.

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Featured Artist - Gregg Karukas

He is always in demand as a musical director and keyboardist and has received multiple Best Keyboardist nominations at the Oasis and National Smooth Jazz Awards. His best-known songs, Elegant Nights (#1), Rio Drive (#1), 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. 

"People say my music sounds romantic and uplifting and I look so happy to be on stage," he continues "It's totally true. For me the best music comes out of an inner feeling of either intense happiness or sadness. I always try to stay faithful to that original inspiration because that is where the true 'sound of emotion' comes from."  

Gregg's contagious smile and positive 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 at the very first Jazztrax Catalina Jazz Festival.

Since then he has headlined the festival 4 times himself and played over 15 times with many other artists. Most recently Gregg has taken his ever present smile and energetic show on tour around the world.

His latest album for 2021 is called Serenata showcasing Piano Impressions of Milton Nascimento, Club Da Esquina and Dori Caymmi.

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Mattias Roos   Chieli Minucci
dee Brown   TheJazzCatz
Rob Tardik   Threestyle
Mike Longo   Richard Sorce
Rob Mullins   Carl Roland
 
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