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SMOOTH CRUISE: Peter White & Euge Groove - Spirit of New York, Pier 61/Chelsea Piers
TICKETS - $55 thru day of show
OR BY CALLING 866-211-3812
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 6:30PM
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 9:30PM
New York’s Premier Summer Jazz Series Returns…
Join us Wednesday, July 18th for a Smooth Cruise with the “White Hot Summer Groove” featuring
Peter White and Euge Groove at 6:30pm or 9:30pm aboard the Spirit of New York.
Celebrate the Smooth Cruises’ 15th year on the Hudson, aboard The Spirit of New York, located at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers (23rd St & West Side Hwy). Experience this one-of-a-kind LIVE JAZZ concert series as you cruise down the river enjoying stellar views of the Statue of Liberty and the breathtaking Manhattan skyline.
The Smooth Cruises sell out quickly, so get your tickets today!
Growing up in the sleepy little English town of Letchworth Garden City in the 1960s, Peter White got interested in music while listening to the Beatles on the radio. When he was around 8, his parents bought him an acoustic guitar and he taught himself to play while simultaneously taking lessons on the recorder, piano and later, clarinet. One day in 1967 he heard Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” Having never heard such sounds coming out of his acoustic, he decided the electric guitar was to be the most important thing in his life. Eventually he got that electric guitar and furiously studied the works of Hendrix, Clapton and Page, but his dreams were put on hold when the guitar was burned in a fire (accidentally) set by his brother Danny. He found solace in his old acoustic guitar, having no idea that this incident, however tragic at the time, would prove to be a turning point in his life. He started to develop a love for the acoustic instrument, a feeling that continues to this day.
For over two decades, White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. He has kept smooth jazz fans worldwide enthralled by his spirited melodies, soulful grooves and inviting, instantly recognizable acoustic guitar tone. He’s always enjoyed finding unique ways to bring his modern sensibilities to cherished pop classics — and thanks to the smooth jazz format’s affinity for instrumental cover songs, two of the amazing thirteen #1 Radio & Records airplay hits he’s had through the years, “The Closer I Get To You” and “Walk On By” (from 1994’s “Reflections”), have become enduring staples of the format.
However, pop music fans were listening to his classic acoustic guitar style even before the advent of the New Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz formats, most notably via his collaborations with British folk/pop singer Al Stewart. The Stewart-White partnership, which culminated with the dual live recording “Rhymes in Rooms” in the mid-90s, spanned over 20 years. White played on Stewart’s landmark “Year of the Cat” album, co-wrote and performed on two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Time Passages” and “Midnight Rocks,” and served as the Scottish singer’s bandleader while playing guitar, Hammond Organ and piano. White later co-produced Stewart’s “Famous Last Words” album.
Another major longtime association was with Basia, an early vocal star in the genre that would become known as smooth jazz. In 1984, his brother Danny White and a then unknown Basia formed the band Matt Bianco; Peter performed on the group’s album “Who’s Side Are You On” as well as on the hit single “Half a Minute.” When Basia and Danny left Matt Bianco to focus on her solo career, Peter’s guitar and accordion became an integral flavor in her popular sound. He played on her three best-selling albums “Time and Tide,” “London Warsaw New York” and “The Sweetest Illusion,” and appeared on her live performance release “Basia on Broadway.” Basia sang on “Just Another Day,” which became a popular airplay hit from White’s “Caravan of Dreams.”
With over a dozen albums and numerous musical collaborations such as Jazz Attack (featuring White, Rick Braun and Gerald Albright) and his A Peter White Christmas annual shows (with Mindi Abair and Rick Braun, with Kirk Whalum stepping in for Rick in 2011), White is still going strong. In March 2012, he released “Here We Go,” co-produced with longtime collaborator DC (who has worked with George Benson, Al Jarreau, Bob James and Jeffrey Osborne) and features guest spots from Andrew Neu, Nate Phillips, Phillipe Saisse, David Sanborn, and Kirk Whalum. Jazzmonthly.com notes, “There’s so much to love on Peter White’s latest album, which is a must for fans.”
Euge Groove has achieved a string of #1 hits and a devoted following through his music which blurs musical boundaries and transcends age and race with his soulful and robust saxophone and a flair for R&B melodies and funk heavy grooves.
Born Steven Eugene Grove in Hagerstown, MD, Euge grew up in a musical home and began his musical pursuits at age 7 when he began playing the piano, adding the saxophone at age 9. When he was in 6th grade, he discovered music was his calling, though at that time he thought that meant playing in his school band the rest of his life!
The University of Miami School of Music grad cites David Sanborn as his inspiration to pursue playing pop music. Launching his professional career in Miami in the mid 80s, Euge played in salsa bands, top 40 club bands and did the occasional high profile session date like Expose’s “Seasons Change,” a #1 Billboard Adult Contemporary hit. Shortly after his 1987 move to LA, he wrote a track for Richard Elliot’s “The Power of Suggestion” album, and Elliot recommended Euge to take over his spot in Tower of Power. Euge toured with TOP for four years, including a year backing Huey Lewis & The News. His resume grew from there to include recording, touring or performing stints with Tina Turner, The Eurythmics, The Gap Band, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville and Richard Marx.
After 2 years of touring with Italian singer Eros Ramazotti and Joe Cocker and lacking a record label to distribute his music, Euge posted some tracks he recorded on his own on the now-defunct MP3.com in 1999, dubbing himself “Euge Groove” (a twist on Eugene Grove). Downloads began and Euge was soon topping the MP3.com jazz chart. Shortly after, he signed with Warner Bros. “Vinyl,” his first single from his self-titled Warner Bros. debut, set a record by spending 27 weeks on the R&R charts, and ranked #24 for the year. His next release, “Play Date” garnered two more #1 radio hits, “Slam Dunk” and “Rewind.” His 2004 Narada debut, “Living Large” spent 68 weeks on the Billboard charts, debuting at #4 and was #25 overall for the year. The single “Livin’ Large” was 2004’s #5 most played song on the R&R singles chart and “XXL” spent 36 weeks on the radio chart. “Just Feels Right” followed in 2005 and the first single “Get Em Goin’,” was #1 for two months. 2007’s “Born to Groove” also featured several chart-topping singles. Euge Groove’s Shanachie debut in 2009 included the #1 smash hit title track and the top five single “All For You.” With his latest release, 2011’s “S7ven Large”, Euge Groove has continued to captivate his old fans and gain new ones along the way.
Join us July 18th for the White Hot Summer Groove with Peter White and Euge Groove for a Smooth Cruise to remember!