Caleb Quaye And The Faculty
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Caleb Quaye And The Faculty

Covina, California, United States | SELF

Covina, California, United States | SELF
Band Jazz Rock




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Caleb was born and raised in London England. During the late sixties and seventies, he was a well known studio musician as well as being Elton John's original lead guitarist for ten years.
Elton John
• Empty Sky (1969, DJM)
• Elton John (1970, DJM)
• Tumbleweed Connection (1970, DJM)
• Friends (1971, soundtrack)
• Madman Across The Water (1971, DJM)
• Blue Moves (1976, Rocket) (double)

Caleb and Elton had a very close relationship during the early years. Not only were they band mates in Bluesology, but Caleb played on several of Elton's albums as well. Caleb was also a founding member and creative force behind an influential UK band Hookfoot which recorded the following albums:
Hoofoot – A&M 1970
Good Times A’ Comin – A&M 1971
A Little Comunication – A&M 1972
Roaring – A&M 197

The Troggs – Wild Thing (1966) & most of their other stuff!
• Long John Baldry - It Ain't Easy (1971, Warner)
• Daryl Hall - Sacred songs (1980, RCA)
• Hall & Oates – Along The Red Ledge (1977)
• Al Kooper - New York City, you're a woman (1971)
• Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson (Nov 1971, RCA)
• Lou Reed (1972)
• Between Thought and Expression: the Lou Reed anthology (Apr 1992, RCA)
• Different Times: Lou Reed in the 70's (Jun 1996, RCA) (compilation)
• Pete Townshend - Who came first (1972, Track)
• The Who - Tommy (movie soundtrack Mar 1975)
• Bruce Johnston - Going public (1977)
• Beach Boys – Summer of 1980
• Dusty Springfield – White Heat (1980)
• Brenda Russell - Two Eyes (1983)
• Joan Baez - Recently (Jun 1987), No Woman No Cry (1989)
• Yvonne Elliman - Food of Love (1973, Decca)
• Eddie Henderson - 1980
• John Klemmer - Music (Mar 1989, MCA)
• Bobby Hatfield – 1973
• Andrew Lloyd Webber – 1973
• Brenda Holliday – 1981
• David Foster – 1981
• Willie Dixon - 1974




Working With An Ensemble Of Renowned Sidemen Known As ‘The Faculty,’ Caleb Quaye—Who Eric Clapton Once Called “The Best Guitar Player In The World”—Follows His Storied Rock And Faith Based Careers With His First Studio Project Following The Live Set ‘One Night In San Dimas’
As a member of Elton John’s band in the superstar’s early years and in his pop heyday circa 1975-76, Caleb Quaye toured the globe and performed in front of crowds of more than 50,000, including a legendary concert at Dodger Stadium in 1975. In the late ‘70s, Quaye worked similar electric magic for the famed duo, Hall & Oates.

Some years later, after departing the crazy world of rock and roll, Quaye performed for 300,000 fans in Myrtle Beach, SC as part of his second career playing inspirational music. In recent years, he’s also played in Japan, his native U.K. and Croatia—and last year he did a show at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

When Quaye takes the stage with his new band, The Faculty, at Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club on March 3, 2010 to celebrate the release of their new full length Indie album, Out Of The Blue, the crowd will surely be more intimate. But from the moment he lets loose on his electric guitar—more specifically, his own Caleb Quaye Signature axe created by Brazen Guitars—the few hundred or so in attendance will experience the same mix of fiery passion and brilliant melodies that fans of his rock and faith based music have been enjoying for years.

One of those fans is the legendary Eric Clapton. During a television with David Letterman some years ago, the host asked the legendary blues rocker, “So what’s it like to be the best guitar player in the world?” Clapton replied, “I’m not. Caleb Quaye is!”

Fitting perfectly in the realm of smooth contemporary jazz but with distinctive rock and fusion flavors, Out of The Blue celebrates the best of Quaye’s lifetime of diverse guitar influences, from Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin to Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Cropper and Phil Upchurch. It also represents the edgy and infectious handiwork of an incredible ensemble of musicians that became a band by what Quaye calls an “accident,” but has evolved so seamlessly, that it seems part of a vastly cool jazz conspiracy. Out Of The Blue, a nine- track instrumental set, is Caleb Quaye And The Faculty’s first studio album and follow-up to their 2008 live CD, One Night In San Dimas, a show that was recorded at Life Pacific College.

A smooth jazz radio campaign is currently in the works for three tracks on Out Of The Blue: the title cut, “Ask And You Shall Receive” and “Changing Seasons.”

While Quaye’s resume lists the ‘who’s who’ in classic rock and pop —including Harry Nilsson, Beach Boys, Joan Baez, Al Kooper, David Foster, Liza Minelli, Pete Townshend and The Troggs—the associations of his compatriots in The Faculty are equally star-studded and diverse. Keyboardist Charles Williams has worked with everyone from Philip Bailey and Andrae Crouch to Deniece Williams, Ry Cooder and Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. Bassist Robert “Pee Wee” Hill’s list includes Billy Preston, Sly Stone, Jimmy Smith, Rufus, Bob Dylan and T-Bone Burnett. Doug Matthews (drums) has kept time for some of the top names in Christian rock including Phil Keaggy, Howard Roberts, Rique Pantoja, Rick Elias, Red Young and Tommy Walker.

Caleb Quaye And The Faculty performed in January 2010 at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA to a rousing ovation at the Anaheim Hilton after one of the day’s events; Quaye was there to help promote his signature Brazen instrument, which is loaded with Seymour Duncan pick-ups. Quaye is also endorsed by custom guitar and bass amp manufacturer Mesa Boogie.

The formation of Caleb Quaye And The Faculty was purely organic. “There was seriously no grand plan in making this group come together,” says Quaye. “Our name came from the fact that Charles, Doug and I were part of the music faculty at Life Pacific College. I got a call one day from a woman in the film department at Biola University, asking me if I could put a band together to play an annual music conference there. Charles and Doug agreed first, and then I brought in Pee Wee, who I’ve known and worked with for 30 years. We booked a rehearsal, had a great time playing the event and thought it would be cool to get together and play in a less formal setting sometime. We set up shop at a coffee house in San Dimas, California and began playing strictly for our own enjoyment."

“I started writing songs and the jazz rock instrumentals began flowing effortlessly,” he adds. “It’s a style that has emerged naturally over the years, and this new band situation was a wonderful opportunity to play the kind of heartfelt music I have always wanted to play. Mo