an eveing with
Peter White, David Benoit, & David Pack
Friday July 26th 7:30pm
Red Lion Hotel Woodlake, Sacramento
► 1+1+1 = ... one BIG night of Smooth in the Grove!
Peter White - Over the years, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.
Born in 1954 in Luton, a small town north of London, White and his family moved to nearby Letchworth shortly after he was born. As a child, he learned to play several musical instruments, including the clarinet, trombone, violin and piano. And of course, like so many youngsters growing up during the heyday of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, he gravitated to the guitar.
He learned his first chords on an acoustic guitar, then bought his first electric guitar in his early teens and studied the recordings of the reigning guitar gods of the day - Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. But his musical aspirations ultimately veered back in an acoustic direction following an accident that doomed his beloved electric guitar. The axe was destroyed in a fire, one that White’s younger brother Danny - an aspiring pianist - accidentally started. ." ► more
David Benoit - Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included over 25 solo recordings. His ’80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY-nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics. Among his other GRAMMY nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for 'Dad’s Room,' from 1999’s Professional Dreamer) and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (for the GRP All-Star Big Band). His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums Fuzzy Logic, Right Here, Right Now, Full Circle and Heroes, which paid homage to the pianist’s top jazz and pop influences. ." ► more
David Pack - David Pack Grammy Award Winning Artist, Producer & Music Director of Global Events Along with being former singer-songwriter for the 70s/80’s rock group Ambrosia, David Pack has established himself as a respected recording artist, Grammy winning record producer, hit songwriter, and music director of global special events, including both of President Clinton's Arkansas Ball Inaugural Galas, Barbra Streisand and Elton John's Aids Project L.A. Commitment to Life Concert, and Oprah Winfrey's Volunteer Summit with George H.W. Bush, President Clinton, President Carter, Colin Powell, and other dignitaries.
His collected works have sold over 40 million units worldwide. His two principal musical mentors for over 25 years are friends Quincy Jones and the late Leonard Bernstein.
David's voice and songwriting skills have graced worldwide radio for over twenty-five years through his classic #1 hit songs with Ambrosia such as "Biggest Part of Me", "How Much I Feel", "You're The Only Woman", all BMI 3 Million Airplay-Grammy nominated songs, along with the #1 hit he wrote, at Quincy Jones’ request for General Hospital TV star Jack Wagner back in the late 80's: "All I Need"; and Ambrosia’s Grammy nominated first hit 'Holdin On To Yesterday'. ." ► more
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