Grover Washington Jr.

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Date of Birth December 12, 1943
Place of Birth Buffalo, New York
Date of Death Dec 17, 1999 (56)
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Grover Washington Jr.

Grover Washington Jr. was an American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist. Along with George Benson, John Klemmer, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Dave Grusin, Herb Alpert, and Spyro Gyra, 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.

Birth name: Grover Washington Jr.
Born: December 12, 1943, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Died: December 17, 1999, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Genres: Jazz, soul, R&B, jazz-funk, soul-jazz, smooth jazz
Occupation(s): Musician, singer-songwriter, arranger, producer
Instruments: Vocals, soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, flute
Years active: 1967–1999
Labels: Kudu, Motown, Elektra, Columbia
Associated acts: The Blackout All-Stars
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About Grover Washington Jr.

A pioneer of the smooth jazz genre who was prolific composer, with hits including "Reed Seed" and "Black Frost." he released the solo album Inner City Blues.

Grover Washington Jr. Before Fame

He received his first saxophone when he was the age of eight and went on to become a freelance musician in New York.

Achievement of Grover Washington Jr.

Washington's big break happened when he had the opportunity to record for Creed Taylor's Kudu Records because Hank Crawford did not show up.

Grover Washington Jr. Family Life

He was born in Buffalo and was raised by a saxophonist and a church chorister.

Associations of Grover Washington Jr.

He collaborated with Bill Withers on the Grammy Award-winning song "Just the Two of Us."

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Latest information about Grover Washington Jr. updated on April 16, 2021.

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