Jonathan Butler & Kirk Whalum: 2019 Sunset Jazz Concert Series

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Jonathan Butler & Kirk Whalum: 2019 Sunset Jazz Concert Series

Update:  This concert, originally scheduled for Monday, June 10th, has been rescheduled for June 11th at 8PM due to weather.

The Camden County Board of Freeholders welcomes you to the 28th Annual Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Park. All concerts are free to attend and will start at 8 PM. Wiggins Waterfront Park is located at the foot of MLK Boulevard, Camden City.

Butler began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records (“Please Stay” went double gold and “I Love How You Love Me” went gold) in 1975 as he became a teenager. 

More than a decade later, Butler moved to London, England after signing with Jive Records and released his first album internationally. The self-titled set went gold in 1987 in the United Kingdom and in the USA. He received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel. Butler’s 2004 album, Surrender, went gold in South Africa where he remains a superstar. “I don’t think I’ve ever really celebrated these moments in my life. I’ve spent my whole life taking care of people ever since I was seven. And I’m grateful, but this is the season of me.” 

Soulful, passionate, stirring…these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, TN gospel roots and his 1980’s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The 80’s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band. It was there that Kirk ultimately developed both his “voice” and songwriting in the crucible of the local club scene––especially at a rooftop club called Cody’s. It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. As well, Kirk and Bob received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration album, Joined at the Hip. After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in demand session player for top artists like, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others. It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Kirk soon followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros. Records, For You, perhaps the most successful of over 25 solo recordings to date; others include his eclectic, and much lauded, Gospel According to Jazz series, (Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4). In addition to his many solo projects, Kirk was also a member of the popular soul/jazz group, BWB, which features Kirk as the “W” of the group with Rick Braun (trumpet) and Norman Brown (guitar).

2019 Sunset Jazz Series Line-Up:

June 10 – Jonathan Butler & Kirk Whalum
June 24 – Jeff Bradshaw & Friends
July 8 – Veronica Swift
July 22 – Stephen Marley
August 5 – Stefon Harris & Blackout
August 19 – Randy Brecker & The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

  • Wiggins Park
    2 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, 08103, United States
  • Tuesday, Jun 11th, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
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    Update:  This concert, originally scheduled for Monday, June 10th, has been rescheduled for June 11th at 8PM due to weather. The Camden County Board of Freeholders welcomes you to the 28th Annual Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Park. All concerts are free to attend and will start at 8 PM. Wiggins Waterfront Park is located at the foot of MLK Boulevard, Camden City. Butler began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the…

    2 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, 08103, United States public