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Average White Band

Wed, Dec 11 -
Sun, Dec 15, 2019




$44.50 ($6 Service fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.



Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes back funk and soul masters the Average White Band. Band members are Fred Vigdor (keys), Alan Gorrie (bass), Onnie McIntyre (guitar), Brent Carter (vocals), Rob Aries (bass and keys) and Rocky Bryant (drums). Show times Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Show times Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Wednesday. Doors open at 5:30pm Thursday - Sunday.

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Regarded as one of the top Soul, R & B, and Jazz-Funk groups, and first known for the timeless instrumental hit Pick Up the Pieces, the band's future would lie in its diverse songwriting and unique approach to rhythm & blues. With multiple gold & platinum albums and three Grammy nominations on the legendary Atlantic label, they were the first Brits to simultaneously top the US Top 100 Singles, Albums and R&B charts, before going on to similar UK and international honors.

Ironically, given their Scottish roots, the six-piece took the instrumental cues of US Jazz giants Adderley, Hancock, Sample, Shorter & co., and the soulful influences of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Al Green, and Stevie Wonder, et al., to create their own authentic R & B blend, which, with the tongue-in-cheek name, happily surprised both black and white audiences alike. This uncanny paradox led to AWB’s early Inclusion on Soul Train where their two famed appearances are still much viewed; doubtless it was partly why the music was featured in so many big movies: Swingers, Private Parts, Superman 2, Starsky & Hutch etc., to name but a few standouts.

While ensuing singles, Cut The Cake, Queen Of My Soul, Walk On By, Atlantic Avenue and Let's Go Round Again had major chart action around the world, album cuts such as Schoolboy Crush, Person To Person and I'm The One are still hailed as ‘essential’ grooves. Fast-forward two decades, and AWB's unlikely contribution to Hip-Hop, Rap, and modern R&B was sealed by the massive use of their samples, from Erik B & Rakim, through TLC, Ice-Cube, Tribe Called Quest, Leena Conquest, P-Diddy, Mark Ronson et al - right up to Rick Ross (Rich is Gangsta’) today. Throughout, ballads such as A Love Of Your Own, Cloudy and If I Ever Lose This Heaven would stand out as some of the finest soul tracks ever recorded.

AWB’s most recent release is 2018’s Inside Out a collection of all new studio tracks and versions of AWB favorites recorded live with a five piece horn section.

The Average White Band - with Scots originals Alan Gorrie (vocals, bass, gtr.) and Onnie McIntyre (guitar) - alongside US heavies Freddy V. (tenor sax), Cli Lyons (alto sax), Rob Aries (keys, bass), Rocky Bryant (drums), and Brent Carter (vocals), continues its deserved place at the pinnacle of live soul & funk music to the delight of widely eclectic and multi-generational audiences everywhere.

CHARTS & AWARDS

Albums:

AWB (Gold Album)

# 1 Pop Album (Billboard)

# 1 R&BAlbum (Billboard)

Cut The Cake (Gold Album)

# 1 R&B Album (Billboard)

# 4 PopAlbum (Billboard)

Soul Searching (Platinum Album)

# 2 R&B Album (Billboard)

# 9 PopAlbum (Billboard)

Benny and US (with Ben E. King)

# 9 R&B Album(Billboard)

# 28 PopAlbum(Billboard)

Warmer Communications (Gold album)

# 12 R&B Album (Billboard)

Feel No Fret (Silver Album - UK)

Singles

'Pick Up The Pieces'

# 1 PopSingle (Billboard)

# 5 R&B Single (Billboard)

# 6 U.K. chart

Grammy Nomination - 'Best R&B Instrumental Performance'

'Work to Do'

#10 R&B Single (Billboard)

'Cut The Cake'

# 7 R&B single (Billboard)

Grammy Nomination – 'Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance'

'Schoolboy Crush'

# 22 R&B single (Billboard)

'Soul Searching'

# 4 Dance Single (Billboard)

'Get it Up For Love'

# 21 R&B Single (Billboard)

'A Star in The Ghetto'

# 25 R&B Single (Billboard)

'Sweet & Sour'

Grammy Nomination - 'Best R&B Instrumental Performance'.

'Walk On By'

# 32 R&B single (Billboard), # 18 UK chart

'Atlantic Avenue'

# 24 UK chart

'Let's Go Round Again'

#12 UK chart, #1 Japanese chart.

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