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# Play Song Title Duration Composer


3:39 Laurence Juber


2:58 Tony Hatch

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

4:08 Charles Baron Mingus

Zing Went the Strings of My Heart

3:14 Clare Burt, James F. Hanley, Michael Howe

September Song

3:51 Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill

A Foggy Day

5:13 George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

On the Sunny Side of the Street

2:41 Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields


4:40 Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke

I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby

3:02 Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields

Lullaby of Birdland

2:52 George Shearing, George David Weiss

Willow Weep for Me

4:36 Ann Ronell

Limehouse Blues

3:09 Douglas Furber, Philip Braham


3:39 Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol

Throughout 12 stunning tracks, the master musician examines favorites drawn from the ‘Great American Songbook’

Downtown from Grammy-winning guitarist Laurence Juber, blends the intricate detail of his fingerstyle guitar arrangements with jazz-inspired improvisation. Recorded in one afternoon session at Hollywood’s storied Capitol Studios, the repertoire is drawn from the ‘Great American Songbook’, with the bonus of a new Juber original.

Downtown is a fusion of styles from both sides of the Atlantic, such as the English Folk-Baroque of John Renbourn and the solo jazz virtuosity of Joe Pass, filtered through Juber’s unique guitaristic sensibility. Says LJ “I’ve played hundreds of sessions as a studio musician at Capitol and recorded a number of my albums in the historic recording location set below the landmark tower at Hollywood and Vine. This intensive five-hour session was the most focused of them all, as ‘zing went the strings’ through a batch of favorite standard songs, with the legendary Al Schmitt engineering.”

Called “a master” by The Who’s Pete Townshend and “one of the world’s most remarkable acoustic guitarists” by The South China Post, Juber is known for fusing folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles to create a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. He was first internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, and has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.

Known to his fans as ‘LJ’, Juber has released over two dozen solo albums. As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Harry Styles, Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal, and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement, and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting, and Pocahontas.