Smooth Summer Jazz Concert
Featuring the Men of Soul: Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Special guests: White Hot Summer Groove featuring Peter White & Euge Groove and Mindi Abair
Songs performed: (Freddie Jackson) Tasty Love, You Are My Lady, Jam Tonight, Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake); (Peabo Bryson) By the Time This Night Is Over, If Ever You Are in My Arms Again, Show and Tell, Tonight I Celebrate My Love, Can You Stop the Rain, Ain’t Nobody; (Jeffrey Osborne) Stay with Me Tonight, On the Wings of Love, Back in Love Again, Love Ballad, We’re Going All the Way, Holding On (When Love is Gone), You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)
Comments: Smooth jazz and old school soul were in full effect for Sunday’s Smooth Summer Jazz concert at the Hollywood Bowl. So we were treated to almost 4 hours of music from talented musicians and distinctive vocalists. Presented by local radio station 94.7 The Wave, this annual concert is always a popular event.
First up was sax player/vocalist Mindi Abair. Mindi has done a lot of work with different pop stars (she’s on tour with Aerosmith this year), as well as recorded her own albums. She was famously featured in Season 11 of American Idol playing backup to Phillip Phillips. Highlights in her set included: “Be Beautiful,” “Lucy’s”, and the finale “All Star” which featured the Pasasdena City College Marching Band and Drum Corp. I loved the lyrics on “Be Beautiful” (a song she wrote to benefit breast cancer research). She also brought out Ambrosia vocalist David Pack to sing the group’s hit “Biggest Part of Me.”
Next up were veteran musicians Euge Groove and Peter White, performing under the band name White Hot Summer Groove. Peter is an accomplished guitarist who has played with Basia among other musicians. Euge Groove is a saxophonist, and has been featured on songs by Exposé. Their set had a sort of cool, Sunday vibe to it. Amongst all the songs were snippets of songs from Bob Marley, the Temptations (Papa was a Rolling Stone), Isaac Hayes (Theme from Shaft) as well as the James Bond theme. Euge Groove even got to shaking his ass while playing the sax and walking across the walkway near the orchestra section of the venue. Peter performed a nice solo Spanish guitar number. There also was a big beach ball being tossed around the crowd during their set.