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Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, Groove began his ascent toward musical notoriety and Internet stardom in second grade, when he started playing piano, taking his mother's lead - she taught the children's choir. "I always knew I wanted to play music. I started playing sax when I was nine or ten years old and
immediately took a liking to it," Groove affirms.
Although Euge Groove listened to everything from urban to pop to big band and country, his playing didn't reflect this cornucopia of sounds: "My teacher was strictly classical. I had played nothing but classical concertos and sonatas, either transcribed for sax or written for sax. I worshipped Marcel Mule, the French classical saxophonist--he was absolutely brilliant. He made the sax sound like a cello.”
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Maryland born saxophonist Euge Groove has been wowing crowds even before his days with Tower of Power and Joe Cocker. He was also a go to guy for Tina Turner while topping the contemporary jazz chart with his solo projects. His 8th and latest album "The House of Groove" gives you a soulful and spiritual side of Mr. Groove unlike you've seen before. We can't wait to hear al about this awesome project and Mr. Groove's happy place The Groove House during our cool jazz conversation with Euge Groove this coming Monday at 7:00 PM Eastern
The “Secret” is out! 2013 Grammy winner Gregg Karukas is back with a new collection featuring his signature piano touch, pristine production, and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. Organic, funky, and melodic is how the original Rippingtons keyboardist describes his latest, long awaited 12th solo project, "Soul Secrets". Gregg's elegant grand piano melodies and infectious grooves are everywhere; this time around he digs into his roots, featuring the classic Fender Rhodes, Wurlie, Minimoog and B3 keyboards quite a bit.
At a generous and expansive 14 tracks and no covers, "Soul Secrets" reveals Karukas as an artist who has refined his sound to be instantly recognizable while constantly exploring a wide range of styles and grooves – from old school soul-jazz, with hints of gospel, R&B and funk to the world/samba grooves he immersed himself in while touring with Brazilian legends Sergio Mendes and Dori Caymmi. The album’s debut single, “Elegant Nights” is classic Karukas; it was the #1 Most Added Track in its first week on radio. The live interplay sizzles as Gregg surrounds himself with an all-star guest list that includes his friends Rick Braun, Euge Groove, guitarists Ricardo Silveira, Michael O’Neill, Adam Hawley and James Harrah; violinist Charlie Bisharat, Luis Conte, Eric Valentine, Nate Phillips; vocalists Shelby Flint and Ron Boustead and 21 year old rising sax star and occasional touring partner Vincent Ingala.
Sam Rucker's reputation was already solid before his new project was released. He had been a Hip Hop producer who had also written for several artists. And God knows that he either opened for or performed with even MORE - including most of the artists who accompanied him on "Tell You Something."
There is much to say about this Virginia Beach native...and that's because there is so much inside of him. He feels so strongly about conveying a message through his saxophone. "All About Jazz" calls what Sam does: Sax Sermons. He combines what he intuitively knows about Hip Hop grooves - with Jazz melodies - and delivers those inspirational vibes along with both. What results is some kind of positively infectious music, infused with Soul and sweetness, hope and encouragement.
But, really - don't take yer friend's word for it - ask those who have eagerly participated in the team effort to get Sam Rucker's word OUT. Like Norman Connors - who brought Sam onto his "Starship" (orchestra!) - and produced tracks on Sam's buzzworthy CD. And here's somebody else who could tell you about the exciting music of Sam Rucker: fellow sax man, Euge Groove. Euge mixed and mastered "Tell You Something!" Also on board? Bobby Lyle, Tom Browne and the incredible voice of Alyson Williams :)
You're beginning to understand the reasons for the buzz...here's a multi-instrumentalist who has been an Apollo Theater crowd favorite - who showed us promise with the release of 2011's "Heat From The Heavens." Now, with his confidence and artistry soaring, Sam Rucker more than delivers on that promise. How can you help but love a guy who writes a song called "Be True 2 Who U R?" And he MEANS it!
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Once called the “Crown Prince of Smooth Jazz” Rick Braun releases his 16th album, “Can You Feel It” with some help from his friends, Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber, Euge Groove, Randy Jacobs and featuring American Idol contestant, Elliot Yamin.
Rick will host a New Year’s Eve Gala at the JW Marriott Star Pass Resort and Spa New Year's Even gala, "A Night In New Orleans" Decemeber 31, 2014, in Tuscon, Arizona. Joining Rick this year are Richard Elliot, Peter White and special guest, Larry Braggs. For more information, visit RickBraunNewYearsEve.com.
Saxman Sam Rucker, come on down! You’re the next prospective big performer on the contemporary jazz scene. Truly an artist with finesse and character, Rucker steps out with hissophomore release Tell You Something on the heels of his 2011 Heat From the Heavens debut. Mixing some tight hip hop tanginess with the tasty sauce of smooth and the inspirational and energetic touch of gospel, Rucker is looking for it all in one fell swoop…and he can easily get it all with material like that found on this masterfully produced album.
Working with the likes of Norman Connors, Bobby Lyle, Tom Browne, Alyson Williams, and Euge Groove (Euge is handling the mixing and mastering at his Groove House for this one), the saxman saunters through cover grooves like “Footsteps in the Dark,” “You Are My Starship,” and “Before I Let Go,” along with striking originals like the catchy, sassy mid-tempo lead and title track that immediately captures the essence of the man and his love for this music. You can bet Sam Rucker is not a name you are likely to forget any time soon.
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His bio reads like a "Who's Who" among American music artists: Sideman to Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Richard Marx, Tower of Power and Huey Lewis and the News, Euge Groove has also performed in sessions with such names as Paula Abdul Spellbound, Expose, Heart, Elton John, Richard Marx, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt and a whole lot more! Gracious enough to indulge me in this upcoming interview, Euge Groove will also perform near my 'center of the universe' this week - rather just a stone's throw away - in Reading, PA. Join me on WED, Mar 23rd at 2pm EST when "Livin' the Dream!" features a LIVE broadcast with this popular saxophonist. Dial in with questions and comments at 347-539-5805 or simply listen online and chat with us during the show. And don't forget to read the before and after blog posts at www.brandingjuice.wordpress.com.
Sam Rucker urges “Be True 2 Who U R” ahead of the June 3 release of “Tell You Something” Hip-hop producer turned contemporary jazz saxophonist Sam Rucker has something to say. Blending jazz, hip-hop, soul and gospel, he communicates through inspirational instrumentals that meaningfully resonate with listeners. Nearly three years in the making, his sophomore album, “Tell You Something,” is slated for release from Favor Productions on June 3 and contributions from Norman Connors, Bobby Lyle, Tom Browne and Alyson Williams on the set mixed and mastered by Euge Groove.
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Saxophonist Sam Rucker is set to release his new CD “Tell You Something” in June. Sam teams up with legendary producer Norman Connors, renowned pianist Bobby Lyle, sax great Euge Groove, Tom Browne, Alyson Williams and a host of other great musicians. “Tell You Something” features three soulful covers and eight of Sam’s original songs that not only entertain but encourage as well. This is contemporary jazz music with a message. Even as an instrumentalist, Sam’s music speaks to the listener and conveys an infectious positive energy.
The breadth and depth of Kirk Whalum’s "Everything Is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway" on Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue Records reflects everything he has been and is as an artist, and bumps it up a notch for a breathtaking, beautiful and breakthrough excursion
Euge Groove's "Groove on This! " is a new interactive album is delivered on data DVD in an innovative music format which includes Beamz Player music software to actually allow listeners to play each song on their computer and begin interacting with the music by pulling in various sounds and instruments as they see fir. There is alsoa video interview with Euge demonstrating the Beamz Player and discussing the benefits of interactive music.
We at Cool Jazz Conversations are celebrating the August 31st release of both albums with a Cool Jazz Listening Party. We are also giving away copies of each CD so tune in for your chance to win, Join us for a Cool Jazz Celebration of Kirk Whalum's "Everything is EverythingThe Music of Donny Hathaway" and Euge Groove's "Groove on This"
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