Danny Kalb, guitarist with blues innovators The Blues Project, dies aged 80

The Blues Project
Danny Kalb [L] performs with The Blues Project, circa 1965 (Image credit: Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Danny Kalb – guitarist for and leader of The Blues Project, trailblazers of New York’s blues scene in the ‘60s and ‘70s – has died at the age of 80.

Kalb’s passing was confirmed by his brother, Jonathan, his only immediate survivor, who tells the New York Times that Kalb was diagnosed with cancer around three years ago, and that he stopped eating about a week ago.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.