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Ultimate Motown Party Band'

Known the world over as the "Ultimate Motown Party Band," Jr. Walker's All Star Band presents a spectacular live performance of unforgettable, non-stop foot stomping hits that guarantee everyone is on their feet within minutes of the group hitting the stage. They will be performing from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 as part of Jazz in the City 2007 in the POMCO parking lot across from Cummings Field on the east side of Syracuse.

Featuring original members Victor Thomas and Tony Washington along with Kenny Walker and Acklee King, Harvey Fuqua signed the band to his label.. In 1963 he closed down his label and brought his artists including the band with him to Motown Records. In 1965, "Shotgun" blasted its way to number 1 on the R&B charts and to number 4 on the pop recording lists and established "Jr. Walker and the All Stars" as American musical legends.

Walker, who was born Autry De Walt, started his rise to the top in South Bend, Indiana where he first played the saxophone in school and then in a series of bands that he organized.

Soon after forming the "All-Stars," Walker took his signature sax sound and recorded "Shotgun." The phenomenal success of the recording was quickly followed by a string of "party" hits.

Jazz in the City 2007 is precented by POMCO. The concert is free and open to the public. Patrons should bring lawn chairs and umbrellas and are encouraged to patronize vendors who will be present and to patronize nearby establishments who will set up sidewalk dining for the events. No coolers or pets will be allowd and the organizers will serve no alcohol.

For further information on the concert, call 479-JAZZ or visit cnyjazz.org and click on the events calendar.

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