Boz Scaggs Performs At McCallum Theatre

The 10th Anniversary season of the Fitz's Jazz Cafe series at the McCallum Theatre opens with Boz Scaggs. One of music's most creative and original artists, Boz Scaggs has combined rock, jazz, R&B, and blues to create a trademark sound, evident in such hits as "Lowdown, " "Look What You've Done to Me, " and "Lido Shuffle."

Boz Scaggs grew up in Texas, and, in high school, played in a band with classmate Steve Miller. In 1965, he traveled around Europe before making his first record and establishing a home base in Stockholm. In 1967, Boz headed to San Francisco where he joined the Steve Miller Blues Band, and, after two albums with Steve, made his U.S. solo debut with Boz Scaggs cut with the famed Mussel Shoals rhythm section, and featuring the young guitarist Duane Allman on the blazing thirteen-minute blues workout "Loan Me a Dime."

In 1971, Scaggs moved to Columbia Records, where he made a string of records (Moments, Boz Scaggs & Band, My Time) that explored his love for rhythm and blues. 1974's Slow Dancer was followed two years later by the breakthrough Silk Degrees. Boz made a few more albums before taking a hiatus, coming back in 1988 with Other Roads. In the early 1990s, he signed with Virgin and made four albums, including the Grammy-nominated Come On Home and the acclaimed 2001 release Dig.

On his own label, Boz released Greatest Hits Live, a two-disc collection spanning his entire career. He also made But Beautiful which tackled the Great American Songbook. Rolling Stone commented, "Boz Scaggs is hardly the first rock star to turn toward the classic American songbook, but few have ever done it with the soulful ease he does on But Beautiful."

Another album of standards is in the works, but first Boz is revisiting the classics from his own songbook on Fade Into Light. You've heard some of these songs before, but you haven't heard them like this. Fade Into Light is Boz Scaggs in a new setting, intimate and understated, introducing new material and revisiting old classics with subtlety, elegance and flair.

This performance by Boz Scaggs as part of the 10th Anniversary Fitz's Jazz Cafe series at the McCallum Theatre, is sponsored by Desert Lexus, Time Warner Cable Media Sales and KJJZ 102.3-FM.

Boz Scaggs will appear at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California, on Friday, October 10, 2008, at 8:00pm.

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