Steeped deep in funky New Orleans, Groovesect's debut album and live shows have rapidly made them one of the most promising bands coming out of New Orleans today, and the nation is beginning to take notice.Share
Since March 2006, the members of Groovesect have blazed a trail through the streets and clubs of the New Orleans music scene, on a mission to secure their place among the musical giants of the Crescent City. Inspired by the syncopated beats and jazz rhythms of New Orleans and beyond, the guys pay homage to the greats while forging their own sound. The members of the band have diverse histories in music, which brings an eclectic edge to their playing.
Always ready to rock a crowd all night, Groovesect feeds off the energy of their fans as they jam out on a old classic or a new cutting edge original. Either way, the place will be moving. Each a skilled veteran in their craft, they push each other further and further every show while still maintaining their signature groove that is at the very heart of New Orleans music. Their blend of jazz, soul, and fusion is ceaselessly infused with the nastiness that is the essential ingredient of the true sound of New Orleans.
2009 has been a breakout year for the band, performing and creating a whole new batch of New Orleans inspired funk. The band has been charting new waters performing with special guests including Fred Wesley, Leo Nocentelli, Theryl “Houseman” Declouet, Robert Walter, Papa Mali, the Dirty Dozen Horns, Chali 2na, Topaz, and the Wild Magnolias Indians. The band’s versatility is more evident than ever as is their reputation for paving the way for a whole new generation of funk. By reaching out and performing with classic musicians (Leo Nocentelli, Fred Wesley) and then collaborating with lyrical innovators (Chali 2na), Groovesect has become an unstoppable force that manufactures what is the new standard in funk.
Groovesect’s debut album “On The Brim” was released in December of 2007 and was produced by renowned jazz producer and five-time Grammy winner John Snyder (34 nominations). The album feature Fred Wesley on 3 cuts, and hit #7 on the internet’s National Jazz Radio Charts.
In 2007, legendary percussionist Alfred “Uganda” Roberts, longtime sideman of Professor Longhair, teamed up with the band. His percussive beats helped fill up their sound, and Uganda’s presence further demonstrated the band’s ability to combine their youthful energy and innovative sounds with the roots of what inspired them.
Music critics and musicians alike have taken note of this remarkable assemblage of talent and are delighted to know that some true guardians of the groove have emerged and will carry the flame far into the future.
Listen to cuts from the album for free at: groovesect.com
or you can check out brand new live cuts at: myspace.com/groovesect
Groovesect's debut album is entitled "On the Brim", produced by 5 time Grammy winner John Snyder and featuring funk legend Fred Wesley on three cuts.
In the last week of 2007, "On the Brim" hit #7 on the national jazz listening charts.
Groovesect receives daily radio play on WWOZ New Orleans, and is played on many jazz and college radio stations around the country.
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A typical show consists of about 3 hours of music, usually in two sets with a 30 minute intermission. The band has played up to 3 hours in a single set before. The band plays at least 15 originals every show and covers songs from Stevie Wonder (I Wish, Signed Sealed Delivered), The Meters (Look A Py Py, Hey Pocky Way, Little Old Money Maker), Sly and the Family Stone (If You Want Me To Stay), John Scofield (Chank), Parliament Funkadelic (Red Hot Mama), Jackson 5 (I Want You Back), and James Brown (too many to list).