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The Groovemasters are four powerhouse musicians who have combined their diverse talents into an instrumental sensation that has generated immediate buzz. Deeply steeped in the jazz tradition, their music combines jazz, funk, R&B, Latin and more, and their wide-reaching appeal is grounded in one thing: Groove. It's the heartbeat - the soul - of every song, driving the enticing melodies and heavy
improvisation that has everyone from jazz festival music lovers to club patrons wanting more.
Dean Mongerio on tenor sax, Drummer Curtis Nutall, bassist/vocalist Robert Wawoe and pianist/keyboardist Tony "TC" Castillo came together in 2007 to become the vital force for large jazz acts at festivals. Working closely with radio stations WGRV "The Groove" on Florida's east coast, and WLOQ 103.1 in Orlando, they've performed with headline acts such as: Chieli Minucci, Ryan Shaw, Craig Chaquico, Ed Calle, Jeff Kashiwa, and Mark Antoine, and have opened for acts such as Waymon Tisdale, Nestor Torres, Joyce Cooling, Gerald Albright, Bob James, Chuck Loeb, Dave Valentin, and Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project.
As individuals, they have played with some of the biggest names in music today, to
include: Rufus Reid, Bill Evans (saxophone), Paul Brown, Marcus Printup, Danny
Gottlieb, Warren Hill, Danilo Perez, Pharaoh Sanders, Kenny Drew Jr., Giovanni
Hidalgo, Tito Nieves, Tito Puente Jr., Lenny Williams, Joe Louis Walker, Steve Cropper and Miami Sound Machine.
Quickly realizing that they had a unique magic together, The Groovemasters have since shifted their focus toward playing and writing as a group, and the response has been overwhelming! The energy and joy they project is simply infectious, producing a fan base right from the beginning. Having carved their own path, the four are excited to announce their studio debut EP release in May 2009.
With one listen, The Groovemasters will leave you wanting more.
Their cohesion is remarkable, their sound exciting and, their groove - unparalleled.
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Vocalist, Piano, Bass, Drums, Saxophone
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.
Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — where his quartet of 10 years has finally been invited to play the Vanguard. It presents new music in concert.