For nearly a decade, Groove Collective has been transcending categories with one goal in mind: to move listeners' minds and feet. This crew of New York City-based Jazz-Funk-Afrocuban-Electronic stylistic adventurers have been laying down grooves that buzz and always have the crowd on its feet and dancing. Jam? These guys helped shape the modern definition.
"We're from all around the world — different countries, different backgrounds — you name it", explains drummer and producer Genji Siraisi, "but when the group plays together, life becomes simple again — we want our music to be lush, undeniable, beautiful, and of course, danceable."
Spawned in the early 90's when the confluence of underground DJs and musicians began, Groove Collective's debut release on Reprise ("Groove Collective," produced by Gary Katz), was followed by a release on Impulse!, the self-produced "We the People" album.
In recent years, the band has opened for and jammed with James Brown, toured with the Dave Matthews Band & Widespread Panic, played on MTV's Red Hot and Gershwin special, and was featured on a live one hour BET On Jazz special. They've shared stages with some of the biggest names in music, including Erykah Badu, Isaac Hayes, The Roots, Guru, and BB King. Their uniquely NYC sound has criss-crossed the globe making stops at Switzerland's Montreaux Jazz Festival and Paleo Nyon Festival, Denmark's Roskilde, Netherlands' North Sea Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Japan, and Tokyo's Blue Note. Recently GC headlined the Freedom Village Festival in Japan and drew crowds of 800+ each night on their Mexico Debut.