Renowned guitar player Laurence Juber possesses such a staggering facility that in performance, his combination of technique, sensitivity, feel, melody and harmonics is nearly overwhelming. The British-born musician, who appears at Burbank's Viva Cantina on Tuesday, has an astonishing resume that reaches back more than four decades. It includes a three-year stint as lead guitarist for Sir Paul McCartney's Wings, session work with everyone from pop icons Barry Manilow and Paul Williams to Carly Simon and Rosemary Clooney, even Jamaican reggae innovator Ernest Ranglin.
Born in the rough and tumble Stepney district of East London on Nov. 12, 1952, Juber started playing as a pre-teen and benefited from classical training as a teenager. He was soon publicly performing at wedding parties and local dance jobs.
"A local bandleader sort of adopted me," Juber said. "And so I found myself on the bandstand, trying to keep up. They told me, 'If you get lost, just keep playing the bridge from 'I Got Rhythm.'"