Jazzmen Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub and Kim Waters will perform at Samford University Tuesday, Sept. 12. Guitarists Butler and Golub and saxophonists Elliot and Waters will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.
The "Guitars and Saxes" performance is the second in The Summit concert series sponsored by Samford jazz radio station WVSU 91.1 and Bayer Properties Incorporated. Tickets are $30, $25 and $20, and are available through Ticketmaster. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (205) 715-6000. For general concert information, call WVSU FM at (205) 726-2877.
Elliot and Golub are both included in the Smooth Jazz Top 30 listing in the Aug. 4 issue of Radio and Records industry newspaper. Elliot is number six for "Moomba" and Golub is number eight with Peter White for "No Two Ways About It." In the same listing, Waters gets a "new and active" citation for his "Hudson River Nights."
Butler, born in South Africa, released eight successful albums in the U.S. and the West before venturing in a new direction with his latest album, Story of Life. The theme binding the songs on the album is a revealing peak at the emotional turmoil Butler has experienced since leaving his motherland to seek a better life and freedom from oppression.
Elliot was a member of the cutting-edge fusion band, Kittyhawk, and played with legends Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Temptations and Melissa Manchester before beginning a five-year stint with the Tower of Power. His first solo album in 1986, Trolltown, was followed with four number one albums in quick succession: On the Town, Soul Embrace, After Dark and Jumpin' Off. Elliot's most recent album, Chill Factor, reflects the multihued textured canvas of his life.
Golub wrote or co-wrote most of the material on Dangerous Curves, in which his instincts don't stray from his trademark jazz/blues base. He has had a lengthy career as one of New York's most called upon session players and sidemen. A stint as Rod Stewart's lead guitarist from 1988 to 1995 included three world tours and four studio albums. He has also worked with Peter Wolf, John Waite, Vanessa Williams and Ashford & Simpson.
Waters' latest album, One Special Moment, features his R & B personality which he developed during his years as a staple on R & B radio stations. The album builds in the success of the 1998 hit, Love's Melody, and combines the best of his careers in both R & B and smooth jazz with the energy of his concerts.