CONCERT PRODUCER / PROGRAMMER
AL McKAY - GUITAR (Original)
MICHAEL HARRIS - TRUMPET (Original)
TIM OWENS - VOCALS
CLAUDE WOODS - VOCALS
DEVERE DUCKETT - VOCALS
BEN DOWLING - KEYBOARDS
FREDDIE FLEWELEN - BASS
DEAN GANT - KEYBOARDS
AARON HAGGERTY - DRUMS
DAVID LEACH - PERCUSSION
STEPHEN REID - TRUMPET
JUSTIN KIRK – TROMBONE
ED WYNNE - SAXOPHONE
The name Groove means "furrow" in English whereas the verb "groove" commonly means "having fun".
In popular music, mainly in the so-called ''black music'', the term first applies to the rythm, a term used to refer to the beat and the beautification of rhythm sections.
The groove, for musicians, defines an undefinable "state" of the music, which can mean a time "of magic", of "grace", when it "takes off" rhythmically, and can be closer to swing in jazz, duende in flamenco or tarab in Arabic music ... each style of music has its own vocabulary to describe this state that no one can clearly define, but many artists (and lovers) can feel.
In 1992 when Loïc Ysnel founded Groove! Production very few people knew the term "groove" but Loic had already felt it several times a few years earlier when Loïc Ysnel had initiated the project "Café Music Le Bilbo" in Elancourt, the first concert hall of western contemporary parisian music. He will take in charge programming and developing for 12 years and will be the instigator of the "festival musique au pluriel" for 7 years throughout St Quentin en Yvelines.
Groove! Production has now been programming artists for 20 years in France, overseas territories, Europe and Africa. Due to its natural "colored" production, Groove! moved rapidly towards the black American, funk, soul, jazz, blues, African, Caribbean and Jamaican music but is also active in different styles of music because Groove! Production stands no limit.
Groove! Production produced some festivals like "Les voix du Gaou" from 1994 to 2007, The Tabarka Jazz in Tunisia during 14 years and The Dunhil Jazz Festival in Abidjan.
Produced, programmed or on Tour artists :
James Brown, George Clinton Parliament/Funkadelic, Earth Wind & Fire Exp ft Al McKay, Maze ft Frankie Beverly, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Roy Ayers, America, Kool and the Gang, Bernard Allison, Bootsy Collins, Tower Of Power, Donna Summer, Martha High, John McLaughlin, Marva Whitney, Gwen Mc Crae, Marcelo D2, Vanessa da Mata, Emiliana Torrini, Nina Hagen, The Blues Brothers Band, Sly and the family Stone, Zapp, Jimmy Cliff, , Billy Paul, Khaled, Ziggy Marley, Ray Charles, Isaac Hayes, Barbara Hendricks, Magma, Joe Cocker, Burning Spear, Manu Dibango, Lonnie Liston Smith, Eumir Deodato, The Headhunters, COED Sheila E, Kim Weston, the Temptations, Linton Kwesi Johnson, NTM, IAM, Carlos Santana, Johnny Halliday, Eddy Mitchell, Kid Creole and the coconuts, Ike Turner, Cesaria Evora, Luther Allison, Alpha Blondy, Kassav, Dub Inc, Steel Pulse, Groundation, Eddie Floyd, Jean-Louis Aubert, Louis Bertignac, La Mano Negra, Les Wampas, Jacques Higelin, Hubert-Felix Thiéfaine...