Pioneering artist Jeff Lorber [November 4, 1952] was born in Philadelphia where he discovered the piano at age four. He played in numerous R&B bands as a teenager, before moving to Oregon and forming the seminal group, the Jeff Lorber Fusion. Drawing on influences including Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, the group helped push the jazz-fusion sound into the mainstream – and introduced up and coming artists to the format, including Dave Koz and Kenny G.
Lorber has also released numerous Grammy-nominated solo projects and produced artists ranging from Herb Alpert to Laura Branigan.
- Lorber's music is a favorite among rappers, who frequently sample his tracks.
- He collects old typewriters.
- When he was diagnosed with kidney disease a few years back, he received a healthy kidney from his wife.
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