Summer of Jazz: Masters of Groove bring soul-jazz to the park
Masters of Groove will bring their old school soul jazz to the Summer of Jazz at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs.
Masters of Groove features an all-star jazz funk lineup in Reuben Wilson, Clyde Stubblefield and Grant Green Jr.
Wilson is one of the great B3 Hammond organ players.
After fading from the funk jazz scene in the 1990s, his career was revived when he was tapped to play studio back up for classic hip-hop tracks by Nas and A Tribe Called Quest.
His rollicking, free-wheeling style is often compared to organ great Jimmy Smith. He has recorded with such funkmeisters as Melvin Sparks and Earl Turbinton.
Stubblefield is one of the great funk drummers. He worked with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, appearing on “Funk Drummer” and “Cold Sweat.”
Green is the son of legendary Blue Note jazz guitarist Grant Green and continues his father’s legacy while redefining jazz guitar.
Also influenced by Melvin Sparks, he worked with Wilson on Jazzateria Records, modernizing the jazz funk feel.
On their recently released album, “Meet Dr. No,” the Masters of Groove play the music from the James Bond film “Dr. No,” with bright guitars, awesome organ and textured rhythms.
Bring a picnic dinner or grab something good from the 8th St. Deli booth in the park, and for dessert, try one of Jeff Isaacson’s Italian ices.
Remember, no glass bottles or containers and no dogs, please.
The concert is free, but donations are welcome.
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