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Multi-instrumentalist Steven Eugene Grove began playing piano in the second grade and turned to the saxophone at the age of nine. He became interested in jazz at the University of Miami’s School of Music. Upon graduation, he initially remained in Miami doing sessions and playing in bands such as Expose. He then moved to Los Angeles and joined Tower of Power, remaining with the group about four years. Following this experience, he freelanced, doing sessions and working in backup bands, his clients including Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Eurythmics, The Gap Band, Huey Lewis & the News or Elton John. At the end of the ’90s, Grove developed the persona of “Euge Groove”. Meanwhile, he has scored close to a dozen #1 hits on the Contemporary Jazz Charts, thrilling fans with danceable grooves, mind-bending hooks, R&B infused melodies and inspired solos. His latest CD, “Groove On” features him not only on saxophone but on some tracks also on flute and keyboard. Incidentally, Euge met vocalist Lindsey Webster, who also appears on the new CD, in 2016 on our Smooth Jazz Festival in Augsburg, Germany.

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His music has been shaping the (contemporary) jazz scene for over 50 years – he himself has long since become a legend: Bob James. The pianist and keyboardist was born in Missouri in 1939 and began playing the piano at the age of four. Aged eight, he played his first professional gig for a tap dance class at Mercy Academy. Discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, Bob recorded his first solo album that year; another 58 CDs and innumerable awards – including two Grammys – would follow. Along the way, he has worked with the Who is Who of the music industry, has made several detours to classical music and has founded, along with Harvey Mason (drums), Lee Ritenour * (guitar) and Nathan East (bass), the quartet Fourplay. Their first album was released in 1991. While Bob is recognized as one of the progenitors of smooth jazz, his music has also had a profound effect on hip hop. His songs “Nautilus” and “Take Me To The Mardi Gras” are among the most sampled in hip hop history (Nautilus 32 times, Take Me To The Mardi Gras 43 times). By the way, besides piano and keyboard, Bob also plays trumpet, timpani, and percussion.

* Ritenour left the band in 1998 and was followed by Larry Carlton. In 2010, Carlton left and the late Chuck Loeb took over.

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An acid jazz project with deep roots in the 1970s jazz/funk/soul world, Incognito was formed by Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick and Paul “Tubbs” Williams in 1979. Both were the original members of the disco-funk group Light of the World. Throughout the time that they worked on other projects they also met at Bluey’s house to play music, and they decided to take a couple of their homemade jams into the studio. So they shifted Light of the World’s lineup slightly and renamed the conglomeration “Incognito”. The first LP was released in 1981, but during the rest of the 1980s, Incognito was inactive. Maunick continued to write material for his group while working with artists such as Maxi Priest, and Tubbs went on to work with George Michael and others, but later moved to the Netherlands. In 1991, Incognito appeared on the scene again with the single “Always There”, which became a Top Ten hit. One year later, Maunick added vocalist Maysa Leak to the lineup. Ever since, the group recorded at a steady rate and stuck to their colorful hybrid sound, while the lineup kept varying.

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