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Craig Chaquico


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Craig Chaquico (born September 25, 1954) is an American guitarist from Sacramento, California who has had over thirty years of success in a variety of genres: in the 1970s with Jefferson Starship, in the band’s follow-up, Starship, and in the 1990s and 2000s as a smooth jazz and new age solo artist. He has sold over 1 million records worldwide.


Chaquico began playing the guitar as a young boy and by the age of 14 was playing professionally in nightclubs. Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane saw him play as a 16-year-old, and invited Chaquico to join him for a series of recording sessions and concerts. During this period members of the Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Crosby, Stills and Nash often appeared together in concerts and recordings, and Chaquico played alongside a number of legendary musicians including Jerry Garcia, David Crosby, David Freiberg and Carlos Santana. His first recording was with Kantner and Grace Slick in 1971 on their Sunfighter duo album.

After informally joining the newly-formed Jefferson Starship he expected to go back to school after one tour. Instead, Slick and Kantner approached him in 1972 and asked if he wanted to join the band permanently. He jumped at the chance.


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    He is fantastic and I'm glad that I've found his work again ..... Craig your Music is incredible, I love how you do what you do .....

    4 Feb 12:29pm Reply
  • edanielsen

    Thank you Spotify for having all his albums - this is awesome stuff!

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • johnTMcNeill

    I like every one of his tracks- all of them- and I listen to guitarists about 75% of the time. He is as smooth and as talented as they get- with a unique sound--and all ten fingers are a blessing to my ears. And yep- his live shows are excellent, too! Dig in!

    8 Apr 2011 Reply
  • MrSmithMetalMen

    very good music !!!11

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • yiffyskunk420

    sooooooooo good. excellent live, and very nice and funny guy!! his live show blew me away!

    24 Apr 2010 Reply
  • musicalnorth

    luv luv luv ya Craig... have for several years... your guitar sound is mind massage for my end of day brain

    16 Oct 2009 Reply
  • wanted_01_

    I love it very much.he is excellent artist

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • mrsando

    very listen to

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Cannon49

    very good music and i like it alot.

    14 Nov 2008 Reply
  • laraat

    this is brilliant was recommended to me and just went out got his albums.....cheers!!!

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • deards

    Love Craig, I met him in Hawaii back in 75. I also did a photography slide presentation to Acoustic Highway, it came out awesome and the music helped a lot. I've seen him perform live and it is just a thrill every time.

    28 May 2008 Reply
  • Gganna

    This is what you do on the coast. Welcome to our world. This is what is playing as you walk into the kitchen at sunset. Cook something wonderful from the Sea, look west at sunrise. The cool air is spicy with evening. Later there will be stars on the Black Velvet Night and music floats on the air.

    15 Feb 2008 Reply
  • meanmrmustard

    Can anyone recommend what to start with from a Jefferson Starship fan's perspective?

    1 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Olhippie

    This guy is amazing, always has been. I grew up in Sacramento and was fortunate enough to see Craig play in some pretty small venues The Underground Shingle for one when he was playing with Jack Traylor and Steelwind I still love listening to that album.

    17 Jan 2008 Reply