Born: December 24, 1950 Primary Instrument: Keyboard
From Kansas City, renown worldwide for its rich jazz heritage, comes keyboardist extraordinaire, Max Groove. A Missouri State Jazz Treasure. He is one of the pioneers of the smooth / contemporary jazz style that has dominated the airways and captivated countless listeners for years.
His upcoming release “Night Owl” promises to take the world by storm with it's urban smooth jazz sound while showcasing his innovative jazz structures. The recently tested airplay of two of his cuts on KMJK Magic 107.3 “Jazz'n to the Max” radio jazz show, hosted by Max Groove, have sent listeners responding with an eagerness to hear more.
Released in May of 1989, “Midnight Rain” cracked the Top 10 of the contemporary jazz airplay charts and climbed to #14 in Billboard Jazz. “Maximum Groove” released in May 1990, drew rave reviews from the critics and reached #16 in Billboard Jazz. Album # 7, “Aquafrio” released in early 1992 climbed the charts satisfying all Max Groove fans and with great anticipation album #8, “Maxed Out”, was released in 1996. His first ever acoustic piano CD titled “Solo” was released in 2000. The 2001 release “It’s A Beautiful Day” on Orpheus/EMI Music, combined the intimacy, passion, and focus of a classical composer/artist with the sensitivity and moving melodies of the great eras of song writing.
Max Groove brings his world of sound, melody, and emotion to the stage and when combined with the powerful players heard on the upcoming “Night Owl” CD, their live performance becomes even more eclectic!
Over the years, national tour appearances with performers such as Joe Sample & the Crusaders, the Temptations, Peabo Bryson, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Jeff Lorber, Ronnie Laws, Joan Armatrading, Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons, Marcus Miller, and many other greats have added to the reputation of “The Groove”.
With each new CD and every performance the popularity continues to escalate for this unique and talented Jazzman. Get into “The Groove”... MAX GROOVE!
Awards:Missouri State Jazz treasure
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