What? Jazz Fusion from the suburbs in the 1970s & 1980s? CROSSOVER

15 May

Crossover Jump B&WCrossover at Bobbies(this post is second in a series saluting the estimable BILL AXELROD)

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cvr#1CROSSOVER came together from the ashes of two White Bear Lake-area bands: Watersign, which included Enrique Toussaint (bass), Dan Fashing (drums), Greg McNeely (keyboards), Tim Moeller (guitar), Rick Odell (sax– pre-Lamont Cranston), & John Elms (vocals, ex- Copperhead) and City, which featured Jimmy Lawrence (vocals & congas), and Bill Axelrod (tenor sax & percussion– post Fabulous Flippers). Watersign were regular performers at The Sunset Bar in White Bear Lake and The Dugout in Willernie. City played throughout the Twin Cities area & Groucho’s at Hwy 61 & 2nd Avenue in White Bear Lake.

 Members of Crossover throughout their history included:

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Josh Weaver (bass)

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Greg McNeely

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Ron Lundquist (drums)

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.Jimmy Lawrence

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Bill Axelrod

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Tim Moeller

Enrique Toussaint

Josh Weaver (bass)

Dave Sletten (sax)

Ricky Washington (drums)

Johnny Hodges (vocals)

Bruce Jackson (keyboards)

Paul Johnson (bass)

Lee Blaske (keyboards)

Jim Barringer (guitar)

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cvr#9Pioneers of jazz fusion with a stage entirely covered in congas & other percussion, Crossover was one of the first jazz fusion groups to play The C Sharp Jazz Room at The Oz Night Club & Disco in Downtown St Paul. They played at Taste Show Lounge & Chicago Bar in Minneapolis, and at the 617 Bar in White Bear Lake too, kicking off the start of jazz fusion music there.

cvr#7The self-titled LP on Atomic Theory Records (c 1985 1002) is Greg, Johnny, and other Twin Cities musicians along with some stellar L.A. studio musicians, including Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. (You can buy a vintage brand new sealed unopened unplayed copy of this sought-after wax right here.)

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