A Brooklyn native “who could fairly be called the quintessential New York City musician” and “an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion” Garland Jeffreys started out in Greenwich Village clubs in the mid Sixties and first recorded in 1969. He continued honing his craft over a number of albums and in 1980 “Matador” hit # 1 in several European countries and is still a radio staple there today. In 1981 he broke though to American audiences with Escape Artist and in 1992 released the searing Don’t Call Me Buckwheat, his reflections on being multiracial in America.
Jeffreys has long held the respect of his peers and the breadth of contributors to his work reflect that respect as well as his pioneering musical genre-bending: Dr. John, Michael Brecker, Larry Campbell, The Rumour, James Taylor, Luther Van Dross, Phoebe Snow, John Cale, David Sanborn, Sly & Robbie, Sonny Rollins, Bruce Springsteen, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Lou Reed among many more.
His songs have been placed in numerous TV shows and commercials and his seminal “Wild in the Streets” is featured in the Baz Luhrmann-helmed original Netflix series “The Get Down.”
After a long hiatus Jeffreys came roaring back into the spotlight with 2011’s The King of In Between and its critical reception fueled a creative revitalization, his ebullient, late-stage creative energy coloring every note of his next release, Truth Serum (2013).
A 2016 Long Island Hall of Fame inductee, a NY Blues Hall of Famer, featured in the Martin Scorsese-produced Wim Wenders film “The Soul of a Man,” recipient of the prestigious Schallplattenkritik Prize in Germany and the Tenco and Premio Prizes in Italy, performing at world-class festivals such as Byron Bay Blues, Montreux Jazz, Ottawa Folk and Fuji Rock, almost fifty years into his storied career Garland Jeffreys has no intention of slowing down.
14 Steps To Harlem (4/17) reminds people that he is "one of rock's most compelling voices (American Songwriter) and "shows the now 73-year old songwriter still reveling in the kind of wide-ranging songwriting that has today become a lost art" (Stereophile).