Beck grew up in Wallington, England. His mother’s piano playing and the family’s radio tuned to everything from dance to classical made sure Beck was surrounded by music from a young age. Today he is recognized as a groundbreaking artist who’s inimitable combination of primal shredding and cool perfectionism has left and indelible mark on everything from hard rock and jazz fusion to rockabilly and techno during the past 40-plus years.
After famously replacing Eric Clapton as the Yardbirds’ lead guitarist in 1965, Beck went on to form The Jeff Beck Group, which featured Rod Stewart on vocals and Ron Wood on bass. Their two albums - “Truth” (1968) and “Beck-Ola” (1969) – would become musical touchstones for hard rockers in the years to come.
Constantly evolving Beck’s next move would be to form a power trio with bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, which released “Beck, Bogert and Appice” (1973), once again shattering people’s preconceptions of what a rock guitarist was supposed to sound like.
Music has always shared space with Jeff’s love of hot rods. After the success “Blow By Blow” and “Wired,” Beck began devoting more time to his fleet of cars, but 1985’s “Flash” kept him in the spotlight as he earned the Best Rock Instrumental Grammy - for the song “Escape.” A second Grammy came with “Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop with Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas”, and a third for “Dirty Mind” from the “You Had It Coming” album in 2001.
Touring has always been a big part of Jeff’s career, his live shows and virtuoso solos becoming something of legend. His playing style continues to break new ground and reflect the eclectic musical mix that is his trademark. The list of people that he plays with similarly reflects his commitment to the best of the best, and his week's residency at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club saw Jeff joined by the likes of Joss Stone, Imogen Heap, old mates The Big Town Playboys and another long time pal, Eric Clapton. The phenomenal performances were recorded in high definition for DVD and Blu-Ray entitled ‘Jeff Beck: Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s’, and has now gone Platinum.
In April 2009 Jeff was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in his own right, and from thereon the year was non-stop for Jeff. Guesting with Stevie Wonder at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts at Madison Square Gardens, another world tour, picking up a nomination for a 5th Grammy for the track ‘A Day In The Life’, and entering the studio with producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn to work on his first studio album in nearly seven years.
Jeff's new band was introduced in 2010. Jason Rebello remaining on keyboards, but on bass Jeff brought Rhonda Smith to the stage. Rhonda was the legendary Prince’s bassist of choice for ten years before joining Jeff. On drums the famed musician and Grammy Award winning Producer Narada Michael Walden stepped in to the fold. After performing at the Grammy Awards ceremony on January 31st, the band’s concert debut was in February, accompanied by the BPO when Jeff played a series of exclusive shows with Eric Clapton in London, New York, Toronto and Montreal. After the shows with Clapton, Jeff embarked on a major world tour to support his new studio album ‘Emotion & Commotion’