Saturday, April 13 / 10:00 p.m.
WDAS 105.3 FM presents
REMEMBERING GROVER AT 75!
GERALD ALBRIGHT, EVERETTE HARP, KIRK WHALUM,
with GROVER WASHINGTON’S ORIGINAL BAND
and THE BERKS HORNS
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $55 (Reserved Seating)
Grover Washington, Jr., one of the most influential and well-regarded saxophonists of all time, left us too soon. He passed away in 1999 at age 56. His 75th birthday would have been Dec. 12, 2019.
Washington is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre.
Grover’s mastery in jazz, soul-jazz, R&B, jazz-fusion, jazz-funk, and jazz-pop pushed music beyond boundaries, and the entire genre of smooth jazz owes its origin to his effortless, quicksilver playing. But there was more. As Robert Palmer wrote in Rolling Stone, “his sound is attractively personal; he combines liquid grace with an understated residue of R&B grit.”
Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a musician’s musician, a master on the saxophone who also can play bass guitar and keyboards. He is known for his searing and soulful sax lines as well as his exceptional skill as a bassist, along with his ebullient tenor, baritone and soprano saxophone arrangements of his own compositions.
As the 1990s progressed and smooth jazz artists began incorporating more hip-hop and classic R&B grooves into the music that came to define the genre, saxophonist Everette Harp found himself ahead of the curve. He toured briefly with Teena Marie, and then internationally with Anita Baker. A meteoric rise was predictable because the man plays a smooth, real smooth, sax.
Kirk Whalum is a peerless saxophonist and composer who brings a deep spirituality to everything he plays. Soulful, passionate and stirring are the words most often used to describe his music. His big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his.
While perhaps best known in the pop/rock worlds for his multiple tours with Paul Simon and his travels with The Rolling Stones on their Voodoo Lounge and Bridges to Babylon tours, saxophonist Andy Snitzer has amassed a dynamic solo discography driven by his evolving lead voice on the horn and his interest in ambiences and rhythms. He is one of contemporary jazz’s most acclaimed solo performers, composers and producers as well as a first-call New York sideman.
Joining the tribute are several Grover Washington Jr.’s Original Band members — keyboardist Bill Jolly, keyboardist Donald Robinson, guitarist Richard Lee Steacker, bassist Gerald Veasley, drummer Steve Wolf and percussionist Pablo Batista.
The Berks Horns are Mike Anderson on saxophone, Rob Diener on trumpet and John Loos on trombone.