Grover Washington Jr

Grover Washington Jr.Grover Washington Jr.
(December 12, 1943 – December 17,1999)

Born in Buffalo, New York, Grover Washington Jr is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Washington made some of the genre's most memorable hits, including "Mister Magic", "Reed Seed", "Black Frost", "Winelight", "Inner City Blues" and "The Best is Yet to Come". In addition, he performed very frequently with other artists, including Bill Withers, Patti LaBelle and Phyllis Hyman. He wrote some of his material and later became an arranger and producer.

While his first three albums established him as a force in jazz and soul music, it was his fourth album in 1974, Mister Magic, that proved a major commercial success.

A string of acclaimed records brought Washington through the 1970s, culminating in the signature piece for everything he would do from then on. Winelight (1980) was the album that defined everything Washington was then.The album was smooth, fused with R&B and easy listening feel.