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Craig Chaquico

During the '70s and '80s, guitarist/songwriter Craig Chaquico played lead guitar with the popular rock band Jefferson Starship (which later became Starship). In 1993, he released his first adult contemporary acoustic effort, Acoustic Highway. Chaquico, a musician since childhood, started professionally in nightclubs at age 14. He began his association with Jefferson Starship when he was 16. At first he began recording with a few of the members and then was formally asked to join them on tour as a lead guitarist.

Simultaneously, Chaquico also helmed his own band Steelwind. He toured with both until joining the Starship permanently. Soon afterward, he developed into one of their main songwriters. Among the songs he has penned or co-penned are "Jane," "Find Your Way Back," and "Layin' It on the Line." Since the early '90s, Chaquico has worked on diversifying his music and branching out more into new age or world music, as can be heard in his song "Just One World" and the 1994 album Acoustic Planet, his blend of guitar playing and recordings of African and Native American music. The song became part of NASA's Space Ark project and is now in permanent orbit around the Earth. His first release in the new century, 2002's Shadow and Light, was inspired by the tragedy of the terrorist attacks on New York in 2001.

When not playing music, Chaquico enjoys auto racing and riding his Harley in benefits for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He is also a graphic artist and amateur astronomer. Chaquico continued to release album throughout the latter half of the '90s, but it was his charity work that deserved the most attention as he began to play one free hospital concert a week (with obvious exceptions) for children and he encouraged many of his contemporaries and friends to perform similar shows. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Follow The Sun

1. Lua Da Mae

2. Azores Lisboa

3. Fantasy In Paradise

4. Circus Beach

5. Barefoot In The Sand

6. Lights Out In San Francisco

7. Songbird

8. The Coast Of Orion

9. Island Breeze

10. Solar Wind

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Track List: Midnight Noon

1. Her Boyfriend's Wedding

2. Dream Date

3. El Gato

4. Bobby Sox

5. Always With You

6. Jazz Noon

7. Dia Del Zorro

8. Girls' Night Out

9. Equinox

10. Outlaw In The City

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Track List: Shadow And Light

1. Innocent Kiss

2. Westside Hotel

3. Luminosa

4. Hurry Home

5. Keepres Of The Flame

6. Afterglow

7. Shadow And Light

8. Could We Fall In Love

9. Compated To What (feat. Warren Hill & Jeff Kashiwa)

10. Cafe Carnival (Sax In The Sun Remix)

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Track List: Songbird (Radio Edit) (Single)

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Saw him with Jefferson Starship in Honolulu in 1975. Great!!!
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thecyndytasi
I also just saw him at thunder valley. He's amazing , and that sax player, anecdote !!!��✈️⚓️
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One of the greatest in the contemporary jazz genre.
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What's more is he is the most down to earth, accessible musicians in the business...
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I so love this guys music some of the best I have ever heard in my life.
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Midnight Moon, one of best selections ever done by this guy Craig is soooo talented Should be,he's got a lot of history.
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Amazing that this is the same young guitarist who gave a musical shot in the arm to Jefferson Starship(duz n t sound right w/o Jefferson-al s o fondly remember trippy Airplane version) when i rediscovered them w/Freedom At Point Zero, " on which Craig left an indelible mark. Wonderful to discover his post-9/11 (i think all us native NYers lost something on that day... ) tribute "Shadow and Light" on my Jean-Luc Ponty station-a serendipitou s discovery! Thx, Pandora!
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justgeen@aol . c o m is huge fan of Craig. he totally delivers awesome music with much meaning. get lost in it, ears open, eyes closed....mi n d drifting and drifting.... . . . . . . . . . . d r i f t i n g
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somlovechild
AWESOME!!! Soul Refreshing.. .
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chapmang5
One of the best. Music that inspires healing of the soul. My soul!!!
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Imagination! ! !
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I love Craig's sound ,it's basically all the same, but it's good. I think he plays with chorus and some delay effects on his amp. I've been trying to copy it for years.
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joseleal1984
Great music. It takes you out, it makes you feel you are in another place. I just love it.
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elm0521
The sounds of honey and hot cinnamon.
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Excellent... . s m o o o o o t t t h h h h h
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Got to watch him perform at the Winter Park Jazz Festival many years ago. Great sound, great showmanship!
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Awesome
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He's smooth real smooood
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gr8hugs
I saw Craig in concert in his hometown of Sacramento, CA for my Birthday, still have the signed CD. He played flawlessly, wireless and posed with folks for photo during the concert, then he stayed until every persons CD was signed. What a talented, genuine and humble guy!
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This is one of the smoothest guitars I've heard in a long while
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The solo in Cafe Carnival? Perfecto!
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Well Pandora has played 10 great Jazz Guitarist's on Jacks Smooth Jazz Station in the past half hour. Oh how wonderful. Thank you Pandora.
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God How I love a great Guitar player.
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portifina
Perfect composition love it
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i this it' got a razzy sound to it rock+jazz=ra z z
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Always enjoyable.
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Craig's music always takes the edge off a bad or hard day, and it makes everything alright. This man is good.
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cyn48jac
sounds carefree
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So smooth & relaxing. I can listen to Craig all day. All day music!!!
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portifina
Craig takes the song to another level adding smooth and unique dimensions !!!!
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Wish Pandora had some of his earlier solo works...IMHO . . . h i s best.
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That's personal!!! Love it !
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One of the most grounded and personable people I've ever been around. A kindred spirit. He told us how he proposed to his wife--they were both certified divers, on vacation in Hawaii. He had gone to a Marine shop and purchased a brass bell. He had the words Kim, will you marry me? inscribed on it and he buried it on the ocean floor. They just happened to be diving there and found the bell--imagin e her confusion. Talk about cool...
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Kudos to Pandora. Please keep expanding the artists that you feature"!!
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Different sound but very mice
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susanclare01
What does that mean - obvious exceptions?
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sjg1984
I am lucky enough to have know Craig when he lived in Marin...amaz i n g talent and just an all around great person....
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so refreashing to hear such distinct talent & style. this guy caught my attention the second i heard him. so hard to hear these days isnt it?
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My favorite times to listen to Craig's music is driving to & from work. This is amazing & relaxing music. Thank you Craig for sharing your talent.
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inspiring powerful uplifting music. listen to all the overdubs and delay on his solos. its realy sublte. complex compositions , ambient.
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its funny you never get stupid chain letter posts on artist bios who are serious jazz composers, its too sophistaced music for stupid people who post s**t like that. ahaha
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I love all of his stuff...
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This dude can play....
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renastone55
Met Craig....sev e r a l times, Excellent... . . g u i t a r i s t , and person. Had a couple drinks with him and Billy, shared some Harley stories, and wafers. Desert Ridge is a great venue. Hope you get back here soon, Craig!! Love ya always, Rena
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ABSOLUTELY LOVE ALL OF HIS MUSIC!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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tomcollins71 1
Met Craig in Phoenix at the Marriott Desert Ridge. Great music on a full moon lit night. Awesome blend of his sweet stylings and American Indian touches. We had a down home conversatin abut high school football, something both of our sons loved. Really nice genuine good guy.
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great guy too
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jtucker961
Magic music!
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Nice
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