Published On: Thu, May 22nd, 2014

One to catch: Wings’ lead guitarist Laurence Juber at Havana New Hope on May 29

juberGuitar virtuoso Laurence Juber of the bygone Wings will put on a totally acoustic performance at Havana  on Thursday, May 29, and it’s one you may not want to miss. Here’s why: Juber was a noted studio guitarist before he was selected by Paul McCartney to play lead guitar with Wings, and he’s had an amazingly productive musical career since then.
After Wings folded in 1981, Juber relocated to the US and established himself as a studio musician. While raising a family in Los Angeles, he performed on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows and movies, including “Home Improvement” and “Seventh Heaven.” He can be heard on the scores to academy award-winning movies  Dirty Dancing, Pocahontas and Good Will Hunting, as well as many hit records.
At the same time he embarked on a career as a solo recording artist, concert performer composer and arranger, soon developing a reputation as a world-class solo guitar virtuoso, and being voted #1 by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine.
During the upcoming Havana show, Juber will perform some of his standout originals, as well as songs from the Beatles, Wings, Hendrix, and even the Great American Songbook.
After the show, he’ll sign and talk about his just-released book “Guitar With Wings: A Photographic Memoir” which documents Juber’s time with Wings.
Juber also said in a recent interview that he encourages all parents and guardians to “bring any children who play guitar, especially teens and young guitarists, to check out the show and to chat with me at the meet-n-greet after the show.”
“At $15, this is a bargain for a great show,” said one of our resident music mavens. Tickets can be purchased online anytime at ComcastTIX, or by calling Havana at
215-862-5501; first-come, first-reserved. Doors at 6 p.m.; show at 8 p.m. Havana New Hope is located at 105 S. Main St.

In May 1978, Juber got an extraordinary break when Paul McCartney selected him to become Wings’ lead guitarist. He spent three years recording and touring with the band. During that time he won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY® for the track “Rockestra” from the Wings album Back To The Egg and was heard on the international hit singles “Goodnight Tonight” and “Coming Up”.

LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of the all-time top ten acoustic guitar albums. I’ve Got The World On 6 Strings, is a collection of solo guitar arrangements of tunes by Harold Arlen, composer of “Over The Rainbow”, and ‘Stormy Weather’, among many other classics. Pop Goes Guitar includes his performance of “Stand By Me” that was heard in a popular De Beers diamond commercial.

His solo guitar arrangement of “The Pink Panther Theme” is featured on the Best Pop Instrumental GRAMMY®-winning album “Henry Mancini-Pink Guitar”. His latest releases are the concert CD/DVD Catch LJ Live! and the jazz-tinged studio collection “Under An Indigo Sky.”

Laurence is also a respected composer, arranger and producer having written music for TV (A Very Brady Xmas, Tarzan) movies (World Gone Wild), documentaries (NBC’s Children Of the Harvest). His music is featured in the Ken Burns documentary The Tenth Inning.   He is also co-composer of the score to the award-winning video game ‘Diablo 3’. With his wife Hope, he has composed the stage musicals Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, A Very Brady Musical and It’s The Housewives!

Dalton Watson Fine Books has just published Guitar With Wings: A Photographic Memoir by two time Grammy Award-winning artist Laurence Juber.

Guitar With Wings was co-written by music historian Marshall Terrill and featuring a foreword by Denny Laine that tells the story of Juber’s five-decade career relayed through his own words, candid never-seen-before color and black & white photos, vintage advertising materials, guitars, equipment, memorabilia and the six-string legend’s encyclopedic musical memory.

Below is a list of Juber’s prolific work:

GUITARIST

Recording Artist

All CDs on Solid Air Records unless indicated:

Under An Indigo Sky (2013)

Catch LJ Live! (2013)

Soul Of Light (2012)

Children Of The Harvest (2011)

LJ Plays The Beatles Vol.2 (2010)
Wooden Horses (2009)
Pop Goes Guitar (2008)
PCH (2007)
World On Six Strings (2006)
One Wing (2005)
Guitarist (2003)
Guitar Noir DVD (2003) (AIX Records)

Guitar Magic (Asian release) 2002
Different Times (2001)
LJ Plays The Beatles (2000)
The Collection (2000)
Altered Reality (1999) (Narada/EMI Records)
Mosaic (1998)
LJX4 (1998) (limited edition EP-CD)
Liquid Amber (1998) a single track on the album Sounds Of Wood & Steel (Windham Hill)
Groovemasters Vol. 1 [duets with Preston Reed] (1997)
Winter Guitar (1997)
LJ (1995)
Between The Wars (1995) Al Stewart with Laurence Juber (EMI Records)
Naked Guitar (1993)
Solo Flight (1990)
Back To The Egg (1979) Wings (Capitol Records)

Rock

Lead guitar for Paul McCartney’s Wings 1978-81

Studio

Movies:

Paul Williams – Still Alive

The Muppet Movie

Hotel For Dogs
Old Dogs
My Best Friends Girl
Georgia Rule
The Spy Who Loved Me
Ladyhawke
Dirty Dancing
Pocahontas
Good Will Hunting
Snow Day
Men In Black 2

Splash

The Big Chill

TV:

The Secret Life Of The American Teenager
Roseanne
Boy Meets World
My Two Dads
The Facts Of Life
Happy Days
Laverne and Shirley
The Young & The Restless (on camera)
Brothers
Beverly Hills 90210
The Torkelsons
Dinosaurs
Home Improvement
Seventh Heaven
Eight Simple Rules

Records:

Live at London Weekend Television – National Youth Jazz Orchestra 1975
Tales of Mystery and Imagination – The Alan Parsons Project 1976
Esquire – Charles Aznavour 1977
Born on a Friday – Cleo Laine 1977
The Spy Who Loved Me – Marvin Hamlisch 1978
Dont Talk Back – Jim Rafferty 1978
Garden of Love – Don Ray 1978
Somethin’ Else – Graham Dee 1978
Travelling – John Williams 1978
Back to the Egg – Wings 1979
Night Blindness – Waldorf & Travers 1980
Japanese Tears – Denny Laine 1980
Sonja Kristina – Sonja Kristina 1981
Jungle Law – Philip Rambow 1982
Four Sides of Buzzy Linhart – Buzzy Linhart 1984
Chequered Past – Chequered Past 1986
Belinda – Belinda Carlisle 1986
Somebody up There Likes Me – Michael Des Barres 1987

Dirty Dancing – Soundtrack 1987
Christmas Album – Air Supply 1988
Eyes of the Heart – Night Season 1988
Russell Hitchcock – Russell Hitchcock 1989
Barry Manilow – Barry Manilow 1989
Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2 Ringo Starr – 1990
I Still Believe in Santa Claus – Andy Williams 1990
Osmond Boys – Osmond Boys 1990
Envoy – James Lee Stanley 1991
Exile – Exile 1991
Listen to the Band – The Monkees 1991
Talk to Me – Sam Riney 1992
As Time Goes By – Bobby Vinton & George Burns 1992
Disney’s Dinosaurs Big Songs – Dinosaurs 1993
Christmas Is the Time – Lou Rawls 1993
Reach out to Me – Michael Damian 1994
Stranger Things Have Happened – Peter Tork 1995
Between the Wars – Al Stewart with Laurence Juber 1995
Big Hits – Tony Orlando 1995
Get the Dirt – The Housewives 1995
Greatest Hits – The Monkees 1995
Holiday Collection, Vol. 1 & 2 Various Artists 1995
America’s Music: The Roots of Country – Various Artists 1996
Guitar Fingerstyle (Narada) – Various Artists 1996
Hold on to Your Dreams – Laura Allan 1996
Imaginit – Craig & Company 1996
Lee Lessack – Lee Lessack 1996
Most Requested Songs – Benny Mardones 1996
Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time – Al Stewart 1997
Acoustic Heart: Acoustic Guitar Masters – Various Artists 1997
Masters of Acoustic Guitar (Narada) – 1998
Anthology – The Monkees 1998
Indigo Moods: Mystery & Passion of Night – Various Artists 1998
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Original Soundtrack 1998
Sounds of Wood and Steel (Windham Hill) – Various Artists 1998
Wide Prairie – Linda McCartney 1998
Back to Love Again – Paul Williams 1999
Greatest Hits [Rhino Deluxe Edition] – The Monkees 1999
I Know You by Heart – Lee Lessack 1999
Meetings with Remarkable Friends – Artie Traum 1999
Paper Brigade Original Soundtrack 2000
Causalidades – Abraira 2000
Down in the Cellar – Al Stewart 2000
People on the Highway: A Bert Jansch Encomium – Various Artists 2001
Wingspan: Hits and History – Paul McCartney 2002
Anthology – Carly Simon 2002
Look My Way/Nice to Be Around – Rosemary Clooney 1977/2002
Quiet Thing – Stan Chandler & Kirsten Benton 2003
Stephen Collins – Stephen Collins 2004
All Wood and Stones – John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley 2005
A Beach Full of Shells – Al Stewart 2005
I’m Going Back There Someday [DualDisc] – Paul Williams 2005
Inscribed – Craig Taubman 2005
Just Yesterday – Al Stewart 2005
Brand New Girlfriend – Steve Holy 2006
Celebrate Hanukkah – Various Artists 2006
Huck – Huck Johns 2006
In My Own Lifetime: 12 Musical Theater Classics – Theodore Bikel – 2006
Ultimate Jazz Christmas – Various Artists 2007
Based on a True Story – Kimberley Locke 2007
Celebrate Passover – Various Artists 2007
Montana Shooting Star – Gary Herbig 2007
Order of Distinction – Ernest Ranglin 2007
Remembered – Ted Greene 2007
Moonlight Acoustica (DVD/DVD Audio)- The AIX Allstar Band 2007

Sparks Of Ancient Light – Al Stewart 2008

Crazy For Christmas – Dan Hicks 2010

All Wood and Doors – Cliff Eberhardt & James Lee Stanley 2011

15 Minutes – Barry Manilow 2011

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