Four-time Grammy winner Larry Carlton will kick off the Douglass Theatres concert season, which begins Friday night.
Carlton, whos been nominated for 19 Grammys, is considered a cross-over artist well versed in many genres of music including jazz, blues, jazz fusion, smooth jazz, pop and rock.
This is the first major jazz concert of our 2013-14 season, which also will feature the super fusion band Spyro Gyra and gifted songstress Diane Schuur, said Gina Ward, Douglass Theatre director. We are committed to bringing high quality jazz artists to the Douglass stage.
According to a news release, Carlton began playing guitar at age 6 and developed an interest in jazz while in junior high school. Early influences in his musical style include Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel and B.B. King, with later influences by Barney Kessel and John Coltrane.
Carlton has played on almost 500 recordings with musicians such as Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, the Four Tops, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Andy Williams, Michael Franks, Cass Elliott, Marc Antoine, Anita Baker, Randy Crawford, Peter Frampton and Etta James.
He also has released his own albums, the latest, Larry Carlton and Robben Ford: Unplugged, is a live set with famed blues guitarist Robben Ford, recorded this year in Paris.
Larry Carlton Quartet
When: 8 p.m. Aug. 30
Where: Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Cost: $30 in advance; $35 at the door
Information: 478-742-2000; www.douglasstheatre.org