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Grover Washington Jr CelebratedLet’s begin with three letters. …Letters that may seem insignificant individually, but when put together are exceedingly powerful.


Those letters are, J. A. M.


Yes. The word is Jam. There are numerous definitions of this word. However, we are focusing on the definition that describes a piece of music that is personal to the listener. A song that is part of one’s history - a song etched into an individual’s, group’s, or even, community’s memory. As in, “That’s my jam!!!”


The word and the sentiment comes in perfectly to describe the event that took place on the evening of Tuesday, July 18th at Temple University Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia. It was the occasion of The Grover Washington, Jr. Reunion Concert.


Over 900 souls including members of the last Grover Washington Jr. band - keyboardist, Donald Robinson, guitarist Richard Lee Steacker, bassist Gerald Veasley, drummer Steve Wolf, and percussionist Pablo Batista, led by music director, Bill Jolly were in the house. They were joined by saxophonists Gerald Albright and Najee, with special guest vocalist, Jean Carn gathered together to celebrate the joy, love and pride of the city of Philadelphia and its relationship of love for the great Grover Washington Jr.


If you weren’t there, you missed it. You really missed it. You missed, the block party, the cookout, the pool party, the Philly summer jam. Grover Washington Jr.’s music is so tied to those aspects of our lives in this city. The sounds of “Mister Magic” are usually accompanied by the smell of barbecue, the taste of water ice and the splash of the fire hydrant blasting through car windows. The summer soundtrack of the city.


Check out this photo gallery captured by photographer, Zamani Feelings.


Grover Tribute Concert 1


Grover Tribute Concert 2


Grover Tribute Concert 7


Grover Tribute Concert 3


Grover Tribute Concert 4


Grover Tribute Concert 5


Just in case you were unaware, the event was recorded for NPR's "Jazz Night In America" nationally syndicated radio program, hosted by Philadelphia's own, Christian McBride and will be broadcast on a public radio near you sometime soon.


Thanks to the Grover Washington Jr. family and friends.


Thanks to TPAC and WRTI staff, special knod to general manager, Bill Johnson and radio host, J. Michael Harrison.


Thanks to the PhillyCAM crew for their cooperation, tons of hard work and tireless support.


Special thanks to PJP staff and volunteers. Special shout to Melissa Talley Palmer whose work was extermely important to this event. Also special shouts to graphic designer, Lynn Washington and illustrator, Denise Erickson.



The Grover Washington Jr. Reunion Concert Was Presented By:

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