Guitarist Ken Navarro
One Man Band
You’re in for a treat when you listen to the latest sparkling release from guitarist Ken Navarro. It’s called Ruby Lane, it’s his 21st CD and the title was inspired by his 40 year marriage. This Mid-West-born virtuoso guitarist has ranged the world playing beautiful music since leaving his home-town of Lafayette, Indiana. His 10 years in Los Angeles began with first-rate session work and provided the foundation for a 24-year career that has produced multiple top five national radio hits for his solo output, and producing, composing, collaborating and arranging credits for an exciting array of distinguished, notable contemporary jazz musicians. Among them are high-caliber artists such as Eric Marienthal; Doc Severinsen, Nell Carter, John Patitucci, Eric Gale, Vicki Carr, Dave Koz, Ann Jillian and Alex Acuna.
His impressive discography of 20 top-charting albums showcase his appeal to a wide range of listeners with inspiring compositions and superb guitar performances. This newest, Ruby Lane includes the smooth jazz radio hits “Ruby Lane” and “Running Toward The Sun”, a stunning version of the Stevie Wonder classic “Higher Ground”, and a song Ken wrote and dedicated to Coretta Scott King and Ethel Kennedy entitled “Kings and Queens.”
Ken has produced successful albums for saxophonist Eric Darius and many others. As founder of Positive Music Records, he is responsible for launching and furthering the recording careers of saxophonist Brandon Fields, guitarists Grant Geissman, Thom Rotella and Pat Kelley, and keyboardists Gregg Karukas, Jay Rowe and Marcus Johnson. Ken’s vision of a musician’s record label has enhanced the genre with over 35 new artists and seventy releases.
You’ll hear songs from Ruby Lane, hear how Ken approaches the creative process, listen to the stories behind the songs and find out why he’s referred to as a “one man band,” in our 30-minute interview with music. Click on the player above to listen. Visit Ken’s website here.