“Jazz music is America's past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, an ultimate value of art. ”
— Winton Marsalis
BRIEF DECRIPTION & BIO
Catch The Groove is a Contemporary Jazz national recording artist based out of Saint Augustine FL offering the sounds of Smooth Jazz with a Latin flair, Bluesy undertone and a Funky vibe.
They have performed on festival stages that included artists such as Spyro Gyra, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, Chris Godber, Chick Corea, Blake Aaron, Maysa, The Rippingtons and the Commodores among others.
Their CD released in October 2017 titled Smilin' In Paradise has received significant airplay, great reviews and made it on to the major radio charts with our single Shaken Not Stirred spending months on the Billboard Top 30 chart in 2018 reaching a high of #17 and their track When I See Your Smile spent three weeks at #1 on the smoother jazz chart in the UK and spent 8 months in the Top 20.
A few years ago, as a funked-up, multi-faceted smooth urban jazz vibe was taking hold of his emerging Jacksonville, FL ensemble, guitarist and group founder Ellis White and his band mates were working on tunes to incorporate into their live set. One day during rehearsal, White called out, “Hey, did you Catch That Groove I just did?” That phrase became the perfect moniker for the freewheeling, high octane, rhythm driven band.
As Catch The Groove builds its reputation in their home base region and beyond, genre fans seeking fresh sounds are gravitating towards the group’s uniquely democratic structure – where each musician has an alternating lead voice and they cleverly pair two instruments at the same time (sax/trumpet, guitar/sax, guitar/trumpet, sax/keyboard, etc.) to create richly textured lead melodies and harmony lines. The group recently released their eclectic, infectious debut album Smilin' In Paradise, which starts off strong with the guitar driven, old school funk/soul/jazz track “Shaken Not Stirred,” composed and produced by #1 smooth jazz hit maker artist Nils.
Catch The Groove’s diversity is fueled by the unique geographic origins, professional backgrounds, stylistic leanings and the expertise of its members.
Catch The Groove has been a popular draw at such hot spots as Jazzland Café, Breezy Jazz Club and the stage at the downtown venue Jacksonville Landing (on the river), where they perform regularly. Expanding their regional drawing power, they have performed at the beautiful St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jazz In The Bay Festival In Tampa, Daytona Music Festival among many others along the East Coast.
Their democratic approach to performing is in full effect during Catch The Groove’s explosive live shows, where each member’s talent and energy is on display via prominent lead lines, solos and tandem melodies with other members. Some songs begin with the rhythm section jamming before Michael comes in on sax for a few solo bars before Max begins doubling with him and the rest of the band kicks in. The variety and unexpected surprises are part of the fun and appeal. Some of the cover tunes that go over well with audiences include Rick Braun & Richard Elliot’s “Q It Up”, Ronnie Laws’ “Always There”, George Duke’s “It’s On” and “Secret Garden”, with different instruments mimicking the vocals of the original Quincy Jones version that featured Barry White, James Ingram, Al B. Sure and El Debarge.