The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes smooth jazz guitarist Peter White and saxophone Euge Groove as together they present White Hot Summer Grooves live in concert.
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, White 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. White 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. After his electric guitar was destroyed in an accidental fire, he switched to acoustic guitar and his interests shifted towards the music of Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. White’s first professional gig was at the age of 19 and nearly a year later, he was invited to join Al Stewart’s touring band as keyboardist in 1975. In addition to opening for artists like Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, and Queen, White worked with Stewart in the studio in the making of “Year of the Cat”. White launched his solo recording career with the 1990 release of “Reveillez-Vous” (French for “Wake up”, a title chosen by White in honor of his French mother). The album included several unused songs that White had written for Stewart, and it became a favorite among contemporary jazz radio stations. White followed with a slew of record releases throughout the ‘90s and beyond.
Euge Groove – a pseudonym for saxophone journeyman Steve Grove – began playing piano in the second grade and turned to the saxophone at the age of nine or 10. His teacher gave him a classical education on the instrument, which he followed at the University of Miami’s School of Music, where he became interested in jazz. Upon graduation, he initially remained in Miami doing sessions and playing in bands such as Expose, where he can be heard on the group’s 1987 #1 single “Seasons Change”. He then moved to Los Angeles and joined Tower of Power, remaining with the group about four years. Following this experience, he freelanced, doing sessions and working in backup bands, his clients including Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, Huey Lewis & The News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt and more. At the end of the ‘90s, Grove developed the persona of Euge Groove, a corruption of his real name, and recorded a demo that attracted the attention of various labels. This demo soon landed him with Warner Bros. Records. “Euge Groove’, his debut album, was released in May 2000 followed up by several more over the years.
Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:30pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.