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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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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
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