WANT TO GO?
Bad to the Bone All-Star Jam and Big Band Blowout
A benefit for Jim Groscup
WHERE: Atlantis Nightclub, 3024 Chesterfield Ave.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Saturday
INFO: 304-345-8060 www.jimmygroscup.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jeff Flanagan gets a little choked up when he talks about his friend, trombonist Jim Groscup.
"We were friends for 30 years," Flanagan said. "I'll never have another friend like him -- not in my lifetime."
On Saturday night, Flanagan and some of the area's best-known musicians will come together for a benefit for Groscup's family. The show features the Voodoo Katz, Chaz Humley and the Effects, The Carpenter Ants, The Bob Thompson Unit and more.
Groscup player died in July due to complications from Pulomary veno-occlusive disease, a rare condition that involves the narrowing or blockages of veins in the lungs.
The 54-year-old trombone player was a fixture of the Charleston music scene, a member of several local bands for the last 30 years including Big Planet Soul, the Lincoln Brass Quintet and more recently, as part of the Sweet Lips Big Band, which accompanies Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
"He'd have toured with us," said Flanagan, who also performs with the band. "He was just too sick to travel."
Flanagan said he and Groscup had known each other for a few years but became friends after Groscup asked him to help with a rehearsal for the University of Charleston Brass Quintet. Groscup was teaching brass methods.
After the rehearsal was over, Groscup approached the horn player.
Flanagan said, "He told me I played pretty well and asked me if I was interested in playing in a group on a regular basis."
That led to Flanagan joining the Lincoln Brass Quintet and eventually a series of musical collaborations with Groscup that lasted three decades.