Groovin' For Grover Adds Kirk Whalum

Groovin' for Grover will feature Kirk Whalum this year.

KirkWhalum_live.jpgThe smooth jazz tour known as Groovin� For Grover, which debuted its celebration of the music and life of the late saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. last year, will continue this year with a new lineup.

Saxophonist Kirk Whalum will now join fellow saxophonist Gerald Albright and keyboardist and musical director Jeff Lorber when the tour kicks off in June. Last year�s tour also featured saxophonists Richard Elliot and Paul Taylor. Taylor is now working on a solo tour to promote his new album, Nightlife, while Elliott is booked throughout the year as part of the Jazz Attack tour with trumpeter Rick Braun, guitarist Peter White and guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Butler.

This year�s tour, like last year�s, will benefit the Protect the Dream Foundation, a nonprofit site based in Grover�s hometown of Philadelphia that is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people through music education. The tour will debut its new lineup June 24 in Houston, Texas.