Grover Washington Jr. Tribute Show
Eddie Baccus Jr., J. Plunky Branch, Earl Carter
Sun · October 20, 2019
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pmThe Tin Pan
$35 adv / $40 door
This event is all ages
Seating: We assign seats in order of when you purchase your tickets. All reservations are subject to a food and drink minimum of $13 per guest. We reserve the right to seat parties together at the same table in the event of a busy show.
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Grover Washington Jr. (December 12, 1943 – December 17, 1999) 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.
Born : October 22, 1970.
Eddie "play's Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass sax, Flute, Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet as well as the EWI (electric wind instrument) and sings." His repertoire of music includes jazz, R&B, reggae, country, neo soul, big band and is expanding. In the beginning, Eddie played music with a loaner oboe in high school. By chance, fate or fortune, the loaner was broken by another student, so he began playing the Saxophone. After graduating from high school, Eddie enrolled in Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program, better known as "Five-Week." His skill gained him a full scholarship for "Five-Week. Eddie has performed at the "world famous" Apollo Theatre in Harlem and "won, five times off air and two times on air." During his time in New York, he studied with acclaimed saxophonist, Joe Lovano. He has toured with "world-renowned'" trumpeter “Lester Bowie.” He is a member of the "internationally known" smooth jazz group “Pieces of a Dream,” He has performed with a long list of musicians over the years. To name a few, "Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, War, Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun, Grover Washington, Jr., George Duke, Bobby Watson, Greg Abate, Lester Bowie, EWF(Earth Wind and Fire), Regina Carter, Dianne Reeves, Vesta Williams, Norman Conners, India Irie, George Benson, Miki Howard, Jean Carne, David Sanborn" and many more. He recorded on eight CD’s with "Pieces of a Dream," which feature several songs written and co-written by him. Not just a "sideman," Eddie has headlined several of his own productions. He has also toured with his band "Straight To The Point."
Plunky’s European touring has taken him to England, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He twice toured Ghana, West Africa, once for the Ghana National Commission on Children, and again as a cultural specialist for the U.S. Information Agency. Recently he has performed in Paris, explored music business opportunities in Japan; traveled to Brazil; and twice to Cuba to research and produce music recordings and a documentary film, Under the Radar – A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music. His latest releases are the new 5-CD compilation Plunky & Oneness 2012 Collectors Box Set; two critically acclaimed CD’s Drive It and Cold Heat; and his DVD Plunky & Oneness of Juju - Live In Paris.
With his group, Plunky & Oneness, he has opened shows for Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Yellow Jackets, and Frankie Beverly & Maze, LL Cool J, Chuck Brown, and more. Plunky & Oneness performed at the New Orleans World’s Fair, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta (four times) and twice at the Hampton Jazz Festival in his native Virginia. For more than 15 years Plunky has toured continually with support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA).
Plunky’s career accomplishments are as varied as his music and his diverse interests, which include: African art and culture, history, digital technology, politics and the media. In addition to being a veteran saxophonist and composer, J. Plunky Branch has served as an administrator, lecturer and teacher. He has been a frequent arts panelist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Plunky is a two-time recipient of NEA Jazz Fellowships and he was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force for the Promotion of the Arts in Virginia. He has been Director of the Jazz Ensemble at Virginia Union University as well as an instructor of Afro-American Music History at Virginia Commonwealth University, both in Richmond.
Recognized by Richmond Magazine as Musician of the Year for 1999, Plunky is a sought after artist-in-residence and performer for public schools systems. He has written film scripts, journals of his travels, poems and over 300 songs.
Throughout his career Plunky has entertained and taught thousands, and in the process, has developed a broad and loyal following. During his 1987 West African tour, critics proclaimed Plunky "one of the greatest living saxophonist!" In a context where rhythm, ritual, power and emotion reign supreme, he just might be!
In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Earl secured his spot as a member of the platinum selling Go-Go band, EU; where he recorded music on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s movie, Do The Right Thing, and so much more. As a result of those experiences, he began getting more into studio production work; producing music for artists to record, as well as co-producing dialogue recordings for such names as Les Brown, Willie Jolley, George Fraser (Author), and famous athletes Juwan Howard, and Nikki McCray.
Over the years, Earl has performed with many artists, local, national, and international. As a freelance musician, he has worked with Mike Phillips, Marcus Johnson, Alyson Williams, Bobby Lyle, Freddie Jackson, Angela Bofill, Regina Belle, Sy Smith, Bob Baldwin, Tony Terry, and a long list of others. He performs regularly at the legendary jazz club, Blues Alley and has performed for The National Smooth Jazz Awards (’02), The Bermuda Jazz Festival (’02 & ’03), The Ghana Jazz Festival (’03), and several other televised concerts and programs. As a front man, Earl’s band displays world-class players and always gives the audience a spectacular show. He has spearheaded his personal CD projects; the fourth and latest titled, “Project X”. He has performed many venues for DC and Baltimore radio stations WJZW 105.9, WSMJ 104.3, 95.9 FM, and 102.3 FM; and also opened for Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra, Bona Fide, and others.
Currently Earl is on a CD Promotional Tour promoting his New Billboard HIT Single "Can you Stand the Rain' & "Last of the Year fea,Marion Meadows" and is also the lead guitar player for Mike Phillips. Marcus Johnson, Alyson Williams and I&I Riddim Reggae Band just to name a few.Earl performs and travels often and is always looking for his next musical challenge.
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