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Grover Washington, Jr.

American musician

Grover Washington, Jr.

American musician
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birthday
12th
December, 1943
Death
17th
December, 1999
Birth Place
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Birth Sign
sagittarius
Biography

Grover Washington Jr. (December 12, 1943 – December 17, 1999) was an American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist. Along with Wes Montgomery and George Benson, he is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre.He wrote some of his material and later became an arranger and producer.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Washington made some of the genre’s most memorable hits, including “Mister Magic”, “Reed Seed”, “Black Frost”, “Winelight”, “Inner City Blues” and “The Best is Yet to Come”. In addition, he performed very frequently with other artists, including Bill Withers on “Just the Two of Us”, Patti LaBelle on “The Best Is Yet to Come” and Phyllis Hyman on “A Sacred Kind of Love”. He is also remembered for his take on the Dave Brubeck classic “Take Five”, and for his 1996 version of “Soulful Strut”.
Washington had a preference for black nickel-plated saxophones made by Julius Keilwerth. These included an SX90R alto and SX90R tenor. He also played Selmer Mark VI alto in the early years.His main soprano was a black nickel-plated H. Couf Superba II (also built by Keilwerth for Herbert Couf) and a Keilwerth SX90 in the last years of his life.

instruments played
(soprano)
alto
and
baritone
flute
Saxophones
Tenor
Vocals
Associated Acts

The Blackout All-Stars

Birth Name

Grover Washington Jr.

Genres

Jazz, soul, R&B, jazz-funk, soul-jazz, smooth jazz

Years Active

1967 1999

Name

Grover Washington, Jr.

Nationality

United States of America

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