Groove Corporation

Groove Corporation

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Groove Corporation is an award-winning band that includes some of the best players in Southern Ontario. Their legacies include bands like Crowbar, Trailblazers, Kaya, and more. We like to call it "Intelligent Funk for the Dancing Masses"

Biography

Groove Corporation is quickly emerging as *the* horn band in Ontario to check out. Fellow musicians, critics, and fans alike are returning again and again just to find out what they're up to next. The material is always changing and growing, and the excellent horn section, congas, outstanding vocals and hot rhythm section make for a fantastic showcase of material by the likes of Tower of Power, Average White Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and so on. Their original material fits in perfectly, and their video for "Blind Man with a Cigarette" is beautifully filmed in natural light, providing wonderful support for this song.

Groove Corporation has won a London Music Award for Best R'n'B Blues, plus several nominations for other awards, including 2 Hamilton Music Awards in 2009.

Some Recent Quotes:
"...I can't tell you how terrific you were. Groove Corporation made the night! The music, the enthusiasm - it was infectious. When I looked around at one point and saw that EVERYONE was on the floor dancing, I was thrilled. What a night! I can't tell you how many people came up to me to say that they thought the band was fantastic. You made a lot of new fans on Saturday. I also received many emails thanking us for a great party. A lot of that thanks go to you guys. Amazing..." - Paul Benedetti

"This big brassy band is kind of a 905 version of Tower of Power...Groove Corporation plays everything from James Brown to Steely Dan, and shakes the foundations of any place they're at. Perfect for dancing." - Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator

"Groove Corporation are a powerhouse that easily impress those with their eyes set on the dance floor." - Ric Taylor, VIEW Magazine

"Hey Sister.....how can I thank you enough!!! What a great job you and the band did, this was my favourite year for entertainment. The crowd just loved it. We raised over $6,000." - Catherine Bragdon, 4th Annual Music for Life Benefit

Groove Corporation is (alphabetically):

Cole G. Benjamin (London): Cole plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax (he's very saxy!), and we all must concede, that he is the best dressed member of Groovecorp and possibly even the coolest. Although he focuses on saxophones and some vocals with Groove Corporation, he's also been seen performing on keys with Helix and on saxes with Tim "E" and the Yes Men.

Kim Campagnaro (Burlington): Kim is the lead vocalist for Groove Corporation, as well as contributing immensely to the groove itself with his congas and percussion work. He's played with a number of different groups in the area, including a couple of years with The Trailblazers (back when he played a mean bass).

Rob Gellner (Guelph): Rob has played in a number of big bands and small combos, writes and arranges for them all, and is currently studying arranging with private lessons from the legendary Grammy award winning Rob McConnell. Rob also holds a degree in composition from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is our newest Groovecorp member, and we welcome him!

Steve Hilbert (Hamilton): Steve was recruited by our drummer, Frank, as together they also double as the rhythm section for successful Reggae group Kaya. He's played with the legendary Florence Henderson and celebrity Wayne Brady. Steve's a monster on bass, a super great guy, and we are thrilled to have him as a member of Groove Corporation.

Alex MacDougall (Hamilton): Alex MacDougall, originally from Truro, Nova Scotia, followed in his father Sandy's footsteps when he became a professional guitarist. Growing up among the cream of the crop in the Maritime music community, he laid the groundwork which would follow - a stellar career performing with groups such as Bond, Crowbar, Harrison Kennedy & The Rockin' Hurricanes, and The Trailblazers.

Pete McFarland (Waterdown): Pete has a rich history playing sax in various bands in the area, including The Hornets and occasionally the 905 Band, among others.

Lily Sazz (Dundas): Lily holds down the keyboard fort in Groove Corporation. Her musical history is long and rich. She was the musical director of the renowned Women's Blues Revue for a decade, and helped it grow from an 800-seat venue, to 1200, and is now staged at Massey Hall annually and aired on CBC Radio. She was co-founder of The Trailblazers, a respected blues/r'n'b group, and is heavily involved with the Toronto Blues Society as a member of the Musicians' Advisory Council, as well as the blues advisory committee for the Juno Awards. See www.lilysazz.com.

Frank Vignanello (Stoney Creek): Frank is one of the funkiest drummers we know, and is a big reason for the great sound Groove Corporation has developed. He also doubles along with Steve (our bass player) as part of the rhythm section for Reggae group Kaya. We call our rhythm section "Frankensteve". They are monsters!

Lyrics

Blind Man With A Cigarette

Written By: Lily Sazz

You’re like a blind man
With a cigarette
It’s time I warn you
Before you regret
You’re like a mad bull
In a china shop
Oh oh oh oh oh
And it’s gotta stop

You stumble
You bumble
You’re fallin’ face down
It’s high time
You wake up
Quit foolin’ around
You’re like a blind man
With a cigarette

Hearts keep on breaking
Better say a prayer
Can’t keep on faking
Tellin’ you I care
You’re like a blind man
With a cigarette
It’s time I warn you
Before you regret
Oh oh oh oh oh

If you burn people
Spurn people
See what you’ll learn
You’ll find you’ll lose
All that matters
May never return
You’re like a blind man
With a cigarette

You’re like a blind man
With a cigarette
It’s time I warn you
Before you regret
You’re like a mad bull
In a china shop
Oh oh oh oh oh
And it’s gotta stop

You stumble
You bumble
You’re fallin’ face down
It’s high time
You wake up
Quit foolin’ around
You’re like a blind man
With a cigarette

Discography

Video: "Blind Man with a Cigarette" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR8txSWAZTs

Record Prophets, 2009
Available via CD Baby, iTunes, etc.
Info and access to sample tracks at www.groovecorporation.com

Set List

Them Changes - Buddy Miles
Detroit Swing City - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (originally KISS!)
Cold Sweat - James Brown
Cut the Cake - Average White Band
Diggin on James Brown - Tower of Power
What is Hip - Tower of Power
Funky Nassau - Blues Brothers (& others)
Get Ready
Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose - Teddy Pendergrass
I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations
I Feel Good - James Brown
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Jungle Boogie - Kool and the Gang
Just the Two of Us
Late in the Evening - Paul Simon
You Can Leave your Hat On - Joe Cocker
My Old School - Steely Dan
Nothing from Nothing - Billy Preston
Pick up the Pieces - Average White Band
Play that Funky Music Surely - Colin James
Thank You For Letting Me Be Mice Elf Again - Sly and The Family Stone
Come On, Come Over - Jaco Pastorius w/Sam & Dave
It's Your Thing - The Isley Bros.
Think - Information Society
Whats Goin On - Marvin Gaye
Use Me Up - Bill Withers
Domino - Van Morrison
Brick House