WORCESTER – DA “Lefty” Foster and the Shaboo All-Stars will bring their uncompromising blend of “maximum rhythm & blues” to “Jazz at Sunset” on August 27th.
In addition to great music, the night also marks a series of comebacks – Foster’s return to the Shaboo All-Stars (after âofficiallyâ retiring in December 2019) and the return of the keyboardist extraordinary’s maximum power trio. Mitch Chakour, sizzling saxophonist Deric Dyer and guitar virtuoso Cliff Goodwin, who have not performed together since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Although he gave his last farewell performance with the Shaboo All-Stars on December 20, 2019, in Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, Foster is back.
Foster retired not because he lost his voice or his love for the stage – he still has both – but for “significant and persistent medical reasons,” which, at the time, indicated he could never happen live again.
âLefty came back and somewhere along the line he found the right doctor and changed his meds and he got better,â Goodwin said. âIt’s amazing. It’s an amazing story.
“Jazz at Sunset”, which would aptly be titled “Maximum R&B at Sunset” for this release, also marks the 20th anniversary of Shaboo All-Stars becoming the house group of Mohegan Sun Casino (and renamed Mohegan Sun All-Stars) .
Not only is he good enough to sing and perform, but Foster wanted his return to the stage since his untimely retirement to be for all the good people of Worcester. And, yes, he still has the voice, the energy, the charisma and the stage presence.
Foster, who started his singing career at age 14 and worked with legendary artists such as BB King, the Temptations, Chuck Berry and Keith Richards, reunited the Shaboo All-Stars in 1979.
If Foster wasn’t enough to get you out of your post-COVID comfort zone, then you have the powerful trio of Chakour, Dyer and Goodwin.
These local rock ‘n’ roll legends have toured America, Australia, Europe, Japan, South America and Israel with Joe Cocker. In addition to performing with Cocker in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London and Sir Morgan’s Cove, the collective musical talents of Goodwin, Chakour and Dyer are featured in many classic Cocker records. , including âLuxury You Can Afford,â âCivilized Manâ, âSheffield Steelâ, âOne Night of Sinâ and âCocker Liveâ.
Dyer (aka the “Vincent Van Gogh of Sax”) was also Tina Turner’s saxophonist for several years.
The Shaboo All â Stars also feature the tight rhythm section of bassist Wolf Ginandes and drummer Marty Richards, who has recorded with Norah Jones and the Fabulous Thunderbirds and performed with the J. Geils Band.
Audiences can look forward to an evening of beloved and immortal R&B classics, including âA Whiter Shade of Paleâ by Procol Harum and a few classics by Joe Cocker.
Food trucks and cash bars will be on site. Make sure to bring your own lawn chair.
Jazz at Sunset with DA “Lefty” Foster and the Shaboo All-Stars
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday August 27
Where: in the rear parking lot of the Hanover Theater and Performing Arts Conservatory
Cost: $ 25 for general admission; $ 160 for limited reserved tables for four. Call the box office at (877) 571-7469 for more information.