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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, Rovi
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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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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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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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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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gabesenior9
I am so happy to be a Craig Chaquico fan...every song makes me feel alive...He is brilliant...
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He is a great player and what he does for childrens is beond what anyone could ask anyone to to thanx man for careing....
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..you can't mistake Craig's sound or style.Fantas t i c ! ! H e ' s another reason i listen to jazz(the feelings you get from this music)..sooo many positive and make you feel good things.Lets keep jazz alive on the airwaves so we and others can continue to enjoy great music(and bring on newcomers as well).Craig keep doin' the great music that you do!!!!
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Saw Craig at the San Diego Jazz Festival 2011; not only does his guitar work impress you but his stage presence and audience interaction makes you just keep wanting more.
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songbird is my favorite!
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Man , this guitarist is good!
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bubba2307
He is just fantastic.
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juanitawatki n s m o o r e
Nice...Smoot h . . . y e s s s s s .
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I remember jefferson starship and have fond memories and love all his latest stuff as well, keep it up craig!!!
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Nice sound! Craig's added to my list of excellent musicians
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dunshees
A true inspiration. Keep making great music!
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he knows how to make some good sounding music.....
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calvito2000
Excellent musician, and a very nice, down to earth personality! !
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first listerner ... like alot...now part of my Pandora station list.
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economyplywo o d
Good stuff!
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ranlau
CC is at his best when jammin'. have turned many on to his music...safe bet for anyone with taste.
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mauban
Very nice...
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I love it!
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herron_57
watch him play with russ freeman and the rippingtons in lancaster ca a few years ago @ the ca poppy fes
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