07/06 8:00 PM & 10PM - $25.00
Groove Collective featuring
Jay Rodriguez - saxophones, bass clarinet
Genji Siraisi - drums
Chris “Ifátóyè” Theberge – percussions
Jonathan Maron – bass
Barney McAll – piano
Curtis Fowlkes - trombone
“Impressive” does not adequately describe Groove Collective’s accolades. They have toured Japan with BB King, Europe with Fred Wesley,Canada with the Dave Matthews Band, and recorded with Grammy winning Cuban pianist Chucho Valdez. The have backed the likes of Tupac Shakur (voted #2 all time live Hip Hop performance
on MTV), Morcheeba, Don Cherry, Pharcyde and Natalie Merchant, and shared stages with some of the biggest names in music, including James Brown, Maceo Parker, Erykah Badu, Tito Puente, Issac Hayes, The Roots, Dave Matthews, Guru, Widespread Panic, Ben Harper, Bela Fleck, Roy Hargrove, Michael Franti, Hiram Bullock, and the list goes on. They have spread their New York City vibe across the globe, performed in over 25 countries, and made special stops at Switzerland’s Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Netherland’s North Sea Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Japan,
New Orleans’ Jazz Fest, and New York’s own JVC Jazz Fest. This all-star cast of players hits hard, and hits funky.
When asked to describe the band, one member responded:
“Part social experiment, part musical experience; We’ve tried democracy, communism, capitalism,
dorian, chromatic, mixolydian, starvation diets, sleep depravation, meditation, mediation, co-op,
cooped up, disco-ambient-futura-trance-jungle-drum and bass-trip hop-hip-acid-transistor-funkrock-
psychedelic-silicon-hard bop-big beat-tube-electronic-live-dub-salsa-mambo combo with a twist… and you know, I think it might be the next big thing!
The famed Savoy Label Group is home to Groove Collective’s most recent release, “People, People, Music, Music” (2006 Grammy Nominee for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album”). They have released the album on the brand new dance oriented label, Savoy Jazz World Wide. Says Joshua Sherman, Sr. Director of A&R andMarketing for the Savoy Label Group: “When the opportunity arose to sign Groove Collective to Savoy Jazz, we jumped at the chance. This group has been creating incredibly powerful music for many years, and they’ve made one of their most exciting
projects yet with ‘People People Music Music.’ There is no band better to launch a groove and electronica oriented label with than Groove Collective, who basically defined the genre.”
“People, People, Music, Music” takes the listener on a musical journey around the globe, beginning with the Afro-groove sound of “Forgotten Travelers,” and continues into a spirited Cuban jam, “Tito” (a tribute to the legendary Mr. Puente) and onwards to the smoky NYC jazz lounge vibe of Herbie Hancock’s “Speak Like A
Child.” “People, People, Music, Music” meshes together the sound of vivacious percussion, spiked brass and mellower keyboards, while jazz/funk figures settle heavily into the mix. Groove Collective taps other influences, including geareddown ambient on “Eat No Space,” dance on the electric-massaged “Set Up” and soulfunk
on “What If.” Special guests on the album include producer DJ Spinna, funk legend Fred Wesley, vocalists Eddie Bobé and DeLouie Avant, Jr., percussionist Tony Rodriguez, trombonist Reut Regev, guitarist Liberty Ellman and keyboardist Victor Axelrod.
Groove Collective’s impressive history began in the early 1990’s as they fueled the growth of New York City’s acid-jazz scene. They quickly became a staple of a budding underground club scene known for pairing DJs with live performers. This groundbreaking enterprise was run under the media and event production mogul that
would eventually become Giant Step. Groove Collective crafted and popularized the fusion of jazz and funk, pioneering what is now referred to globally as “groove” music. Jon Pareles of The New York Times says, “Groove Collective’s identity lies not in one fixed style, but in its capable hospitality to whatever might keep hips swaying.”
Through the years they have remained faithful to the “collective” spirit their name suggests, featuring a rotating cast of talented players.
Their current six-piece incarnation features five original members. Groove Collective is: Jay Rodriquez (saxophones, flutes, bass clarinet), Genji Siraisi (drums, programming, vocals), Curtis Fowlkes, (trombone), Chris “Ifátóyè”
Theberge, (congas, bata drums, percussion), Barney McAll, (Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, piano), Jonathan Maron (bass).
Jay Rodriguez is a composer, arranger, multi-saxophonist, bass clarinetist and producer. His musical expression is limitless. Born in Columbia, his sound draws upon his Latin heritage. Explosive, yet virtuostic, Jay’s musical style is rhythmically innovative and complex. His influences range from likes of Lester Young to Ornette Coleman. Jay
has worked with and produced extensively for Ray Barreto, Bobby Sanabria, Guru, Annie Lenox, Elvin Jones, Steps Ahead, The Mingus Big Band, and John Faddis. He is Colombia’s answer to David Sanchez, Joshua Redman and James Carter. Jay has also worked with Prince, Miles Davis, Sir Roland Hanna, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, and Joe Henderson, to name a few.
Composer, producer, programmer, and performer, Genji Siraisi is a rhythmic jack of all trades. His drumming is driving, yet deep in the pocket. Touches of jazz and world rhythms are ever present in his style. His playing lays the foundation and back beat for Groove Collective’s tight knit brand of funk. Genji’s refined touch is reminiscent of true
old-school groove masters, such as James Brown’s Clyde Stubblefield or Grant Green’s Idris Muhammad. Genji has worked in the studio with notables such as Masters at Work, Digital Underground and Naked Music and produced records for Warner Bros. London/Payday and Giant Step among others. When not playing with Groove
Collective, Genji also stays busy composing for documentaries and short films, and his music has appeared on major television networks such as TBS and Comedy Central.
Chris “Ifátóyè” Theberge
Chris “Ifátóyè” Theberge was born of Argentine and American parents and has recorded and performed internationally for the past 20 years with artists as varied as Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, George Porter and the New Orleans All Stars, Giovanni Hidalgo, Chief Rabiu Ayandokun, Eddie Bobé, Grupo Chaguoro, Andrea
Brachfeld, Bill Ware’s Vibes and DJ Nicodemus. Chris has made various trips to Africa, Cuba, and Dominican Republic to pursue his studies of drumming and in Matanzas, Cuba, was initiated into Aña, the African-based percussion tradition. He is currently producing a Yoruba Bata Drumming project which is being recorded in Nigeria
and performs as a drummer in New York’s thriving Santeria and Ifa Religious Communities. Chris is also the co-founder of Asaforitifa Yoruba Traditionalist Ensemble and is an LP (Latin Percussion) and Audix endorser.
Aside from his time with Groove Collective, Bassist Jonathan Maron has recorded and/or performed with numerous artists including Maxwell , Raul Midon, India.Arie, Jewel, Donnie, MeShell Ndegeocello, DJ Spinna and Thalia. Maron’s warm sound, inventive basslines and old-school funk have caught the attention of many; he has been
featured in Bass Player Magazine numerous times, and was included in ‘Brave New Bass,’ a collection of interviews with today’s top players.
Barney McAll grew up in Melbourne, Australia playing improvised music and strange permutations. Since moving to New York City in 1993 on a study grant from the Australian Arts Council, he has settled permanently in the United States. Barney has performed and recorded with the likes of Billy Harper, Jim Black, Josh Roseman, Vincent Herring, Kenny Garrett, Stefon Harris, Seamus Blake, Peter Apfelbaum, Dewey Redman, Fred Wesley, Joey Baron, Roy Ayers and Kurt Rosenwinkel. His latest solo release, “Release the Day,” was voted one of the Top Ten Jazz CD’s of the year
by New York’s Village Voice Pazz and Jop Awards.
Curtis Fowlkes is an American jazz trombonist. In 1987 he founded, together with saxophonist Roy Nathanson, The Jazz Passengers, an eclectic group dedicated to putting entertainment and humor back into jazz. The two had met performing in John Lurie’s, The Lounge Lizards, a group that shares a similar artistic outlook. In addition
to The Jazz Passengers and The Lounge Lizards, he has performed with Charlie Haden’s reunited Liberation Music Orchestra, and with the Alumni Ellington Orchestra led by Louie Bellson. He has also performed or recorded with Charlie Hunter, Elvis Costello, Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Henry Threadgill, Sheryl Crow, Andy Summers, Cibo Matto, Jeb Loy Nichols, and comedian Harry Shearer. He has also performed with the Kansas City All-Stars, appearing in Robert Altman’s 1996 film Kansas City with this group. With his six-piece band, Catfish Corner, Fowlkes released his first album as leader, entitled Reflect, in 1999.
For more than a decade, this legendary group of musicians has improvised and refined the stylistic crosspollination of funk, jazz, house, Latin, hip hop, rock and every party-inducing sound in between. Their 2007 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album” is an acknowledgment of the bands pioneering sound. The members of Groove Collective are fluent in the international language of groove, and transcend musical category with one goal in mind: to move listeners minds and feet. In-the-pocket drum and bass, colorful and vibrant horns, flavors of world percussion and intricate harmony all fuse together seamlessly under their watch. Groove Collectives innovative and refined sound is unparalleled. They are the masters of multi-hued funk. Billboard Magazine says that they erase musical borders and are jazz/funk fusion at its most sublime.