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Grover Washington, Jr.

November 30th, -0001

Birth Name:
Grover Washington, Jr.

Born:
December 12, 1943 in Buffalo, NY

Genre:
Jazz

Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s






Grover Washington, Jr.

Biography

One of the most popular saxophonists of all time, Grover Washington, Jr. was long the pacesetter in his field. His roots were in R&B and soul-jazz organ combos, but he also fared very well on the infrequent occasions when he played straight-ahead jazz. A highly influential player, Washington pushed himself with the spontaneity and risk-taking of a masterful jazz musician. . One of the most popular saxophonists of all time, Grover Washington, Jr. was long the pacesetter in his field. His roots were in R&B and soul-jazz organ combos, but he also fared very well on the infrequent occasions when he played straight-ahead jazz. A highly influential player, Washington pushed himself with the spontaneity and risk-taking of a masterful jazz musician.

Grover Washington, Jr.'s, father also played saxophone and was his first influence. The younger son started playing music when he was ten, and within two years was working in clubs. He picked up experience touring with the Four Clefs from 1959-1963 and freelancing during the next two years, before spending a couple years in the Army. He moved to Philadelphia in 1967, becoming closely identified with the city from then on, and worked with several organists, including Charles Earland and Johnny Hammond Smith, recording as a sideman for the Prestige label. His biggest break occurred in 1971, when Hank Crawford could not make it to a recording date for Creed Tasylor's Kudu label; Washington was picked as his replacement, and the result was Inner City Blues, a big seller. From then on he became a major name, particularly after recording 1975's Mister Magic and Feels So Good, and later 1980's Winelight; the latter included the Bill Withers hit "Just the Two of Us."

Although some of his recordings since then found him coasting a bit, Washington usually stretched himself in concert. He developed his own personal voices on soprano, tenor, alto, and even his infrequently-used baritone. Grover Washington Jr. recorded as a leader for Kudu, Motown, Elektra, and Columbia and made notable guest appearances on dozens of records ranging from pop to straightforward jazz. He died of a sudden heart attack on December 17, 1999 while taping an appearance on CBS television's The Saturday Early Show; Washington was 56. The posthumous Aria was issued early the following year.

Top Albums

Mister Magic, Grover Washington, Jr.
1. Mister Magic
Winelight, Grover Washington, Jr.
2. Winelight
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Grover Washington Jr., Grover Washington, Jr.
3. 20th Century..
Live at the Bijou, Grover Washington, Jr.
4. Live at the ..
Grover Washington, Jr.: Greatest Performances, Grover Washington, Jr.
5. Grover Washi..
The Best of Grover Washington, Jr., Grover Washington, Jr.
6. The Best of ..
Anthology, Grover Washington, Jr.
7. Anthology
Inner City Blues, Grover Washington, Jr.
8. Inner City B..
Reed Seed, Grover Washington, Jr.
9. Reed Seed
Feels So Good, Grover Washington, Jr.
10. Feels So Goo..
Breath of Heaven - A Holiday Collection, Grover Washington, Jr.
11. Breath of He..
Soul Box, Grover Washington, Jr.
12. Soul Box
Soulful Strut, Grover Washington, Jr.
13. Soulful Stru..
Come Morning, Grover Washington, Jr.
14. Come Morning
Prime Cuts (The Columbia Years: 1987-1999), Grover Washington, Jr.
15. Prime Cuts (..
A Secret Place, Grover Washington, Jr.
16. A Secret Pla..
Ultimate Collection - Grover Washington, Jr., Grover Washington, Jr.
17. Ultimate Col..
Relections of Love, Bob Baldwin
18. Relections o..
Next Exit, Grover Washington, Jr.
19. Next Exit
Grover Live, Grover Washington, Jr.
20. Grover Live

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Just the Two of Us (feat. Bill Withe..Anthology3:57$1.29
2.
Mister MagicKen Burns Jazz - The Story ..9:01$0.99
3.
Jesu, Joy of Man's DesiringMartha Stewart Living Music..4:18$0.99
4.
WinelightWinelight7:32$1.29
5.
Just the Two of UsWinelight7:23$1.29
6.
Christmas Time Is HereBreath of Heaven - A Holida..4:59$0.99
7.
Just the Two of Us (with Bill Wither..Bill Withers' Greatest ..3:57$0.99
8.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christm..Breath of Heaven - A Holida..4:53$0.99
9.
Let It Flow (For "DR. J")Winelight5:50$1.29
10.
Black FrostMister Magic6:06$0.99
11.
Just the Two of UsGrover Live1:45$0.99
12.
Mister MagicAnthology8:55$0.99
13.
Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) [..Breath of Heaven - A Holida..5:16$0.99
14.
Christmas SongBreath of Heaven - A Holida..4:29$0.99
15.
Can You Stop the Rain (LP Version)Soulful Strut6:35$0.99
16.
KnuckleheadFour Brothers (Music from t..7:51$0.69
17.
Make Me a MemoryWinelight6:32$0.99
18.
HydraFeels So Good9:09$0.99
19.
Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) [..Breath of Heaven - A Holida..6:55$0.99
20.
Best Is Yet to Come (feat. Patti LaB..Best Is Yet to Come5:57$0.99
21.
Steal AwaySo Many Stars6:58$0.99
22.
Mystical ForceSoulful Strut4:59$0.99
23.
Soulful StrutSoulful Strut4:17$0.99
24.
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holl..Ultimate Collection - Grove..2:29$0.99
25.
SausalitoGrover Live6:00$0.99

Top Music Videos

The Look of Love, Grover Washington, Jr.
1. The Look of L...
Ebony Moments with Grover Washington, Jr., Grover Washington, Jr.
2. Ebony Moments...


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