GROOVE COLLECTIVE HISTORY


Groove Collective is a Grammy-nominated New York City band founded in the early 1990s by musicians who performed at Giant Step, a weekly underground party in downtown Manhattan that ran throughout the 90s. Originally a ten-plus member collective, the band membership has expanded and contracted from five to as many as fifteen. Their sound is an eclectic mix of various forms of popular dance music, jazz, Latin, hip hop, and sometimes rock. Considered one of the pioneering bands of the early Acid Jazz movement, their style has gone well beyond that category, eluding a singular classification. In 2016 Groove Collective performed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in connection with the Museum of Music & Entertainment in New York City, for the exhibit of famous jazz portraits by photographer Herman Leonard.

Groove Collective has released six studio albums, four live albums and numerous compilations on the labels: Warner Bros/Reprise, Universal/Impulse, Shanachie, Savoy, Kufala and others. In 2007, Groove Collective’s album People People Music Music received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Members of Groove Collective backed up Tupac Shakur, and were the house band for the critically-acclaimed movie and album Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, as well as the subsequent Red Hot + Rhapsody. Groove Collective currrrent and former members have numerous credits including: creating the Yo! MTV Raps theme; working with Curtis Mayfield, Maxwell, Michelle Ndegeocello, Santana, Celia Cruz, Debbie Harry, Sia, Master at Work; and performing with Sugar Hill Gang, Vernon Reid, Guru, Donald Byrd, Grand Master Caz, Money B, Digable Planets, Pharcyde, Natalie Merchant, Ravi Coltrane, Wide Spread Panic, Mark Ribot, Steely Dan…

 

 

Groove Collective has toured the world’s venues and festivals. Following is a list of places Groove Collective has performed:

Buenos Aires
Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck
Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Quebec, Halifax, Windsor, Ontario
Bogota
Prague
Copenhagen
Helsinki
Lyon, Nancy, Nice, Paris, Rennes, Tours
Berlin, Cologne, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich, Oberhausen, Stuttgart, Passau, Lichtenstein
Athens
Budapest, Debrecen, Bratislava
Tel Aviv
Bari, Bologna, Florence, Milan, Modena, Naples, Palermo, Perugia, Prato, Rome, Trieste, Sicily
Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Sapporo, Yokohama
Luxembourg
Guadalajara, Mexico City
Amsterdam
Gdansk, Gdynia, Warsaw
Moscow
San Sebastian
Belgium
Sweden
Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Zurich, Montreux, Nyon
Istanbul
Glasgow, Gloucester, London, Manchester
Albuquerque, Arlington, Athens, Arlington, Aurora, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Bridgeport,  Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, El Paso, Erie, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, Gainesville, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Lubbock, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Mobile, New Haven, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Richmond, Rochester, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana, Seattle, Tampa, Tucson, Tulsa, Vancouver, Washington DC, Wichita, Wilmington…

 

Groove Collective current and former members, and guest performers include:
Genji Siraisi, Jay Rodriguez, Chris Theberge, Jonathan Maron, Gordon “Nappy G” Clay, Bill Ware, Barney McAll, Fabio Morgera, Josh Roseman, Richard Worth, Itaal Shur, Jonathan Crayford, Dave Jensen, Malik Work, Bennett Miller, Eric Lane, Simone Giuliani, Pablo Vegera, DJ Jazzy Nice, Curtis Fowlkes, Albin Janowska, Mark Anthony Jones, Reut Regev, Fred Wesely, Bernie Worrell, Clark Gayton, Frank Lacey, Brian Jackson, Victor Axelrod, Chucho Valdez, Jack Walrath, Tom Browne, DJ Logic, Richard Boulger, Ethan White, Ravi Coltrane, Vernon Reid, Chuck McKinnon, Rozz Nash, Adam Rogers, Kenny Mohammad, Eddie Bobe…

“Jazz/funk fusion at it’s most sublime.”
Billboard

“Groove Collective’s identity lies not in one fixed style but in it’s capable hospitality to whatever might keep hips swaying.”
-John Pareles, New York Times

“A truly dynamic force.”
Straight No Chaser UK