Groovexpress

Jazz Band - Auckland

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Artist Bio

  • Artist Type Bands
  • Location Auckland
  • Genre Blues, Jazz, Original
  • Members 6
  • Price Premium

Groovexpress is a collaborative music project formed in 2010 by composer, arranger and producer, Mykeljon. A group of players of a caliber found only in those at the top of their game, Groovexpress masterfully fuse elements of the ‘jazz standard’ format which made such legends as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Stanley Turrentine famous with fresh, contemporary flavours, creating “upbeat, fun, sensual jazz” that is “ageless and timeless… Groovexpress is the new face of Smooth Jazz!” (SmoothJazz.com Global Radio).

Mykeljon is joined on-stage by ‘Haggis’ Maguiness, diatonic and chromatic harmonicas; Ernest Semu, organ, keys & synths; Nic Haslip, bass; Leyton Greening, drums; and Nick Nahi, percussion.

Reflecting the deep experience of this group of musicians – whose members have shared both stage and studio with artists as diverse as LA session legends John Ferraro, Pat Kelley and Ernest Tibbs, entertainers Elaine Paige, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tim Rice, and internationally acclaimed Australasian artists such as Neil Finn, Phil Emmanuel, Kiri Te Kawana and Martin Winch – the music of Groovexpress exudes a raw ‘live’ energy that appeals not only to jazz aficionados, but to anyone who relishes a solid groove, catchy melodies, and that unique euphoria that comes from witnessing a live performance by exceptional musicians, playing authentic and original music.

This dedication to their craft, their listeners and their fans is earning Groovexpress international acclaim, with their debut album, ‘Ukrainian Doll’, receiving sustained airplay on some of the biggest jazz radio stations across the globe. So get your groove on, grab a ticket, and get onboard – Groovexpress is not to be missed.

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What people are saying about Groovexpress:

“Being responsible for booking over fifty bands a year, it’s good to have a group that ticks all the boxes. Groovexpress does just that. Their music is well prepared, just the right volume for our club, and their appearance/attitude is exactly what we wanted. If that’s not enough, they are so professional to deal with, with quick replies to any questions by email and that makes them a dream to hire for any gig.”
— Mike Walker (President, Auckland Jazz & Blues Club)

“The cut is fantastic, with a clean, innovative sound that is so needed in the contemporary jazz realm these days. It certainly isn’t the same-old, same-old. ‘Ukrainian Doll’ stands out as an attractive and shining new piece of music.”
— Steve Hamilton (Owner, K-HIGH [KHIH-DB], Denver, CO)

“… upbeat, fun, sensual jazz with a retro spin that will inspire you to throw swanky parties and hand shake your martinis while playing ‘Ukrainian Doll’ as the soundtrack! … A band of highly accomplished individuals with deep resumes… Groovexpress is the new face of Smooth Jazz!”
— Sandy Shore (President, SmoothJazz.com Global Radio)

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Reviews

‘Being responsible for booking over fifty bands a year, it’s good to have a group that ticks all the boxes. Groovexpress does just that. Their music is well prepared, just the right volume for our club, and their appearance/attitude is exactly what we wanted. If that's not enough, they are so professional to deal with, with quick replies to any questions by email and that makes them a dream to hire for any gig.’ Mike Walker (President, Auckland Jazz & Blues Club) - 5 February 2015

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Audio Samples

Groovexpress - High Heels

Groovexpress - Mi Bella Paola

Song List

Groovexpress - Amsterdaam
Groovexpress - Blues On The Outside
Groovexpress - E Type Blues
Groovexpress - Foxy Brown
Groovexpress - Geraldine
Groovexpress - High Heels
Groovexpress - I Say Praise
Groovexpress - Mi Bella Paola
Groovexpress - No Way Home
Groovexpress - Oriental Journey
Groovexpress - Pretty Little Thang
Groovexpress - Stepping Stones
Groovexpress - Tell Me Why
Groovexpress - The Blue Line
Groovexpress - Ukrainian Doll
Mykeljon - Once In A Blue Moon
Mykeljon - Sacrifice
Mykeljon - Ten Seconds of Fame
Mykeljon - You Are My Fantasy
John Coltrane - Impressions
Miles Davis - So What
Oliver Nelson - Stolen Moments
Stanley Turrentine - Sugar