Rolling Stone reports that jazz guitarist and rock sideman Jeff Golub died last Thursday at the age of 59. While a cause of death has not been determined, Golub had been dealing with several medical issues in recent years, including a very rare brain disorder.
Born in Copley, Ohio, Golub demonstrated a love of music early on in his life, absorbing everything from country to rock ‘n’ roll as he learned to play his instrument. Golub attended the Berklee College of Music, and he later relocated to New York City to make a go of things as a professional musician. It was there where he first linked up with Billy Squier during the latter’s peak commercial success, and Golub ended up playing on seven of Squier’s albums.
Golub kicked off a solo recording career in 1988, which was the same year he joined Rod Stewart’s touring band. He would play with Stewart through 1995, after which he re-focused on his career as a jazz guitarist. Golub also performed with Tina Turner, Peter Wolf, Bill Evans, and Vanessa Williams.
Fans can pay tribute to Golub later this month at an all-star benefit concert at B.B. King’s featuring Evans, Christopher Cross, and others. The proceeds from the show will go to help Golub’s family.