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Monte Croft

  • Tavern on the Lake 101 N Main St Hightstown, NJ, 08520 (map)

An excellent vibraphonist who also takes R&Bish vocals, Monte Croft had a fine Columbia release in 1989 and a more commercial follow-up the following year but has maintained a fairly low profile ever since. When he was ten, he was given a drum set for Christmas and immediately started practicing. Croft switched to vibes when he was 14 and, although he primarily listened to R&B and soul, he was also interested in jazz. Croft started attending the Berklee School of Music in 1979 and gained experience playing in local clubs. In 1983 he moved to New York and had the opportunity to play with Branford Marsalis, the Terence Blanchard-Donald Harrison group, James Spaulding, and many others before forming his own group and making his Columbia albums. Monte has also performed, and recorded, with such artists as: James Spaulding, Terence Blanchard, David “Fathead” Newman, Cassandra Wilson, and Lenny White. He spent 2012 as a member of the classic, platinum-selling R&B/Funk unit, The Average White Band. (Bio by Scott Yanow)

Later Event: September 11
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