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 Grover Washington, Jr

Grover Washington, Jr

Birth
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
Death 17 Dec 1999 (aged 56)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 11983 · View Source
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Musician. Born in Buffalo, New York, he was a brilliant saxophonist most noted as one of the first musicians to bridge jazz and funk music. He is also considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz, wrote much of his own material and later became an arranger. Throughout the 1970s to 1990s, he recorded many memorable hits, including "Mr. Magic", "Black Frost", "The Best is Yet to Come" and his versions of "Take Five" and "Soulful Strut". In 1982, he received two Grammy Awards for his songs "Just The Two of Us" Best R&B Song Award and "Winelight" Best Jazz Fusion Performance Award. On December 17, 1999, while waiting in the sound room at CBS Studios, New York, after taping four songs for "The Saturday Early Show", he collapsed and died.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 30 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11983
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Grover Washington, Jr (12 Dec 1943–17 Dec 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11983, citing West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .