Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 18, 2017 7:30PM Grover Washington, Jr. Reunion Concert at Temple University Performing Arts Center

Grover Washington, Jr. Reunion Concert
Featuring Gerald Albright, Najee, and Jean Carn

July 18th, 2017 @ 7:30PM

Temple University Performing Arts Center

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. Philadelphia Jazz Project, 88.5 WXPN, and WRTI 90.1 FM in Philadelphia team up with NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show Jazz Night in America and other local partners to present this historic reunion concert— a tribute to Grover— with original members of Grover’s band at the Temple University Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on Tuesday, July 18th at 7:30 pm.

*The concert will be recorded for broadcast on public radio stations throughout the United States in the fall.*

Headliners Gerald Albright and Najee , who regarded Grover as a mentor, will perform alongside music director and keyboardist Bill Jolly , keyboardist Donald Robinson , guitarist Richard Lee Steacker , bassist Gerald Veasley , drummer Steve Wolf , and percussionist Pablo Batista . The band will be joined by special guest vocalist Jean Carn .

This concert marks the first time in almost 20 years that these original members of Grover’s band are sharing the stage to remember and celebrate “a great musician, mentor, and human being” says Bill Jolly. “We all loved Grover.”

Grover’s mastery in jazz, soul-jazz, R&B, jazz-fusion, jazz-funk, and jazz-pop pushed music beyond boundaries, and an entire genre of music, 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.”

WHEN: Tuesday, July 18th, 7:30 PM

WHERE: Temple University Performing Arts Center - 1837 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122

TICKETS: Click HERE to Purchase Tickets - General Admission: $30

PARKING: Available at the Liacouras Center Garage, located two blocks from TPAC at 15th Street in between Montgomery Avenue and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.

SUBWAY: All local Broad Street subway trains stop at Cecil B. Moore Station (Broad and Cecil B. Moore Avenue). TPAC is a three-minute walk from the subway.

SEPTA Regional Rail: Trains stop at Temple University Station, 10th and Berks Streets. TPAC is a 10-minute walk from the Regional Rail train station.


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