"Intelligent Funk for the Dancing Masses"
Groove Corporation is an award-winning band comprised of some of the best players you will find in Southern Ontario. Their experience and backgrounds range from styles of blues, soul, reggae, funk, and classical. However, their passion for funk/blues/r’n’b is what united these virtuoso musicians to play what they like to call “groove music”. Rather than performing the same, old, tired songs that many other horn bands play, Groove Corporation has chosen to highlight lesser known, but incredibly irresistible songs, a few originals, as well as a good mixture of recognizable pieces (often performed with their own unique arrangement), which makes their show stand out above and beyond the expected.
The band will be celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2015. Wowing the crowds since the beginning, is Kim Campagnaro, Grooveorp’s dynamic conga-playing front man, famous for his charisma on stage, ability to enthrall and entertain, not to mention sing with remarkable soul. Recruited by Kim shortly after the band was formed, is keyboardist Lily Sazz, member and former musical director of the renowned Women’s Blues Revue. The newest member to join is Hamilton’s red hot guitarist, Steve King, along with Greg Smith make up a smokin’ rhythm section, and the band boasts three amazing horn players, Peter McFarland (sax), Rob Gellner (trumpet), and Bryan Covey (sax).
Expect to be impressed, and find it hard to resist getting on your feet. Groove Corporation is all about dancing, having fun, and hearing some of the funkiest blues in the land.
Band Bios (alphabetically)
Kim Campagnaro (Burlington - lead vocals & congas): 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).
Bryan Covey (Guelph - saxes & flute): Bryan is an exciting and dynamic horn player, and we are very pleased to have him in the band. He jumped up on stage with us at the Toronto Jazz Festival in 2012, and we considered that his audition. No more needed to be played or said.
Rob Gellner (Guelph - trumpet): 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.
Steve King (Waterdown - guitar): Groove Corporation’s newest member, Steve King, has been a fixture on the Canadian music scene for years, having toured extensively in Canada and the U.S. with acts like Marquis Bros. (Stampeders), Johnny Guy, Funktion, Roger Trueman, Platters, and Fabulous 60s. Later, he played with Monterey (with Mark Laforme and Neil Nickafor), the Steve King Band, Harrison Kennedy, and he toured Britain and Holland with Rapid Transit (Dave King), and has made guest appearances with Steve Strongman.
Pete McFarland (Waterdown - saxes): 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 - keyboards): 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.
Greg Smith (Caledonia - bass): Greg Smith's first love is R&B, and almost every band he's played with had a horn section. He's played with Rita Chiarelli (in Battleaxe), Mara Loves, various groupings of Lighthouse and Crowbar members (with Kelly Jay in the Bad Manors House Band), and most recently, Hamilton's long-established horn band, Powerhouse. Greg is very happy to come out of "retirement" to play with Groove Corporation, and we love the funky feel he adds to the band.