Groove Legacy

Groove Legacy

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Groove Legacy is a new and exciting band with a sound forged out of love and respect for great American jazz, funk and soul music. The band is receiving critical acclaim globally which you can read about in the Press section of this EPK. We are currently looking for a domestic and international booking agent. Goals for 2017 include performing at as many Jazz Festivals as possible. We are also interested in performing at large music festivals, casinos, jazz clubs, and special events.


Recently two music superstars Joe Bonamassa & Tak Matsumoto teamed up with our band Groove Legacy to create arguably what will be one of the finest songs to come out this year.  Here is the story on how this amazing collaboration came to be.  'Capetown To Memphis' came about  as a three-way relationship between members of Groove Legacy, Joe Bonamassa's band and Tak Matsumoto's band. We wanted to get these two very important artists together with the support of the stellar musicianship of Groove Legacy. The song had to be just right to leave room for both guitar slinger's, the unstoppable groove of the band and also include a feature spot for the front line of tenor sax and trombone. This was not an easy feat but "Capetown" has proven to be just that song. Featuring Joe's great guitar and vocals,Tak's flowing guitar lines, the subdued funk of Travis Carlton, Bill Steinway and Donald Barrett and the punch of trombonist Andrew Lippman and saxophonist Paulie Cerra's blues soaked horn lines, this song builds from a slow simmer to a rapid boil. Both guitarists get to blow with the support of this great band. Joe's fantastic voice is complemented perfectly by Cerra's backing vocals. All in all, this song encapsulates all the best elements of Groove Legacy, funk, soulfulness, understated sophistication, hard swinging. and did we mention, it's FUNKY! Topped off by two of the greatest guitarists in the world today.The name says it all Groove Legacy is a new and exciting band with a sound forged out of love and respect for great American jazz, funk and soul music. A sound that fills the void left in today's contemporary instrumental music scene.
Focusing on original compositions, Groove Legacy deftly pays homage to some of their favorite musical influences such as The Crusaders, Stuff, The Meters and the JB Horns. With a hard-hitting lineup that includes a unique conglomerate of some of Los Angeles' finest musical talent, Groove Legacy has exploded onto the scene as a truly powerful, exciting and commanding live band.  Fronting this seven-piece outfit is the classic trombone and tenor saxophone front line manned by a fantastic one-two punch of Andrew Lippman and Paulie Cerra. Both with incredibly informed and distinct voices on their instruments and firm grasps on the roots of jazz and blues, these two define the Groove Legacy sound.  With a truly monstrous rhythm section led by Travis Carlton and Lemar Carter, the bands thrust into musical exploits that fans have yearning for. A seriously funky, soulful and hard-grooving sound these two conjure. Carlton's bass lines wreak of legendary lineage and true homage to the masters who came before him and who had laid down such a huge swath of a groove through American music history. Lemar Carter is a wrecking ball of a driving force for any band to follow. His sound and style are drenched in the roots and is completely nimble, fierce and commanding. With absolute mastery of every imaginable feel, Carter teams perfectly with Carlton to provide an overload of deep, searing grooves while at times soulful and poignant.  Widely considered one of the world's finest blues guitarists, Kirk Fletcher has garnered the acclaim of critics, peers and fans alike from across the globe. His monster solo chops and other worldly funk rhythm guitar are steeped in soul and gospel and his lines are both bluesy and jazz soaked. Taking the bandstand side by side with Fletcher is a remarkable rhythm guitar master named Sam Meek. He is the perfect complement to Fletcher. Always funky, always soulful and simmering at a slow boil, Meek weaves incredibly tight groove along with Fletcher through a wide range of grooves, tempos and feels. He and Fletcher are hand and glove.  Rounding out this incredible lineup is Fender Rhodes Piano master, Bill Steinway. With his solid command of groove and deep sense of harmony and composition,Steinway routes this band over a kaleidoscope of musical territory. He delivers every song with a lyrical and sophisticated sound and masterful taste. Teaming with Cerra for the yeoman's share of the compositions,Steinway's voice is heard mightily in the songs that serve merely as road maps for exploration by these incredible craftsmen.  


Groove Legacy
2016 Debut Record

Set List

Odd Couple



Town Hipster

Memphis 40 oz Hang

My Someday Girl

Degree Angle

The Know It All


Cape Town To Memphis