Larry Graham & Graham Central Station in Paris

Bataclan 2010

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Larry Graham — Singer, Bandleader, Bass guitarist

Wilton Rabb — Electric guitar, Vocalist

David Council — Electric keyboard, Vocalist

Ashling Cole — Singer, electric keyboard, Vocalist

James McKinney — Electric keyboard, Vocalist

Brian Braziel — Drummer

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American bassist, singer, and composer Larry Graham is at the forefront of the American music scene and has been since the sixties, beginning his career with such blues legends as John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed. In 1968, he joins Sly & the Family Stone, the band that will help him reach international acclaim, notably with an appearance at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. Soon after, he founds Graham Central Station, which quickly becomes a reference of funk music and inspires musicians like Prince and Marcus Miller. To start this concert at the Bataclan in Paris, France, the pioneer of funk bass, credited for the invention of the "slap" technique, bursts onto the stage with his group like a New Orleans brass band for a virtuosic and breathtaking show.

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