Earl Klugh


Stamped early on with the smooth jazz genre marker, it didn’t take long to clue people into the fact that Earl Klugh embodies a more holistic jazz tradition on acoustic guitar. Like legendary guitarist Joe Pass, the 60-year-old veteran opts for an earthy nylon sound conducive to a versatile fingerstyle technique. On his most recent album, Hand Picked, Klugh bridges the gap between avant-garde master Bill Frisell and Pure Prairie League frontman Vince Gill, featuring duets with both, but otherwise mostly plays solo standards and originals. It’s an enlightened fusion, with simple yet sumptuous renderings of “Hotel California,” “If I Fell,” and “‘Round Midnight.”

Aug. 12-17, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2014