Larry Carlton is known as an immensely prolific Grammy-winning guitarist and composer that has mined the sonic sweet spot between smooth jazz, blues and funk since his emergence in the mid 70’s. After playing on hundreds of massively successful records, as well as stints with both The Crusaders and Fourplay, Carlton made a name for himself as a solo act with smooth jazz hits like “Room 335” and “Sleepwalk.”
Born and raised in California, Carlton honed his guitar skills from a young age, falling in love with the sounds of Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and B.B. King. Starting out in the clubs and cafes of Los Angeles in the 60’s, Carlton soon started getting regular studio work with an astonishingly diverse array of artists including Steely Dan (including the now iconic solo on their classic “Kid Charlemagne”), Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Paulinho Da Costa, the Fifth Dimension, Herb Alpert, Dolly Parton, Andy Williams, and the Partridge Family among others.