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Euge Groove: Bio

Euge Groove -- a pseudonym for saxophone journeyman Steve Grove -- began playing piano in the second grade and turned to the saxophone at the age of nine or ten. His teacher gave him a classical education on the instrument, which he followed at the University of Miami's School of Music, where he became interested in jazz. Upon graduation, he initially remained in Miami doing sessions and playing in bands such as Expose, where he can be heard on the group's #1 1987 single "Seasons Change." He then moved to Los Angeles and joined Tower of Power, remaining with the group about four years. Following this experience, he freelanced, doing sessions and working in backup bands, his clients including Joe Cocker, the Eurythmics, the Gap Band, Huey Lewis and the News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Eros Ramazotti, and Richard Marx. His saxophone appeared on Marx's Top 20 pop and #1 AC hit "Keep Coming Back" in 1991. At the end of the '90s, Grove developed the persona of Euge Groove, a corruption of his real name, and recorded a demo that attracted the attention of various labels. This demo soon landed him with Warner Bros. Records. Euge Groove, his debut album, was released in May 2000. At the time, the saxophonist toured in Tina Turner's backup band.

Born in Hagerstown Maryland, the 27th day of November, 1962 (Jimi Hendricks was born Nov. 27, 1942, although I'm not sure the relevance) Euge Groove was born. Although, that isn't completely true. In reality, I was born Steven Eugene Grove, but more about the name later on. In trying to write a self penned bio, I had to really think of what brought me from a small town on the east coast to having a debut release on Warner Bros., the best jazz label around (in my un-biased opinion
of course).

I grew up with music in the house. My mother played the piano and taught the "Cherub Choir" at Christ Luther Church in Hagerstown, of which I started singing with in kindergarten. I began taking lessons on the piano with Mrs. Etcheson and had my first recital in the second grade at the local museum.

I began playing the sax in the fifth grade. My friend was playing sax in the school band and I thought I could sit beside him if I played the sax too. I started studying privately with Galen Reeder, who was a local icon on the
sax at that time.

He was an amazing player and teacher who started me on a strictly classical routine. Along with the private study was an excellent band program in the school system. By the time I was in high school I was student teaching for 2 hours a day at the nearby Jr. High and taking an hour of full band and an hour of Jazz band every day. I graduated high school in 1980 and entered the famed University of Miami's
music program.

1 A Summer Night's Dream  
2 Mr. Groove  
3 Cafe Del Soul  
4 Slow Jam  
5 Born 2 Groove  
6 Religify  
7 Geez Spot  
8 I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know  
9 Movin' On  
10 Baby If You Only Knew  
Euge Groove - Born 2 Groove Live
Euge Groove - Slow Jam (Born 2 Groove)
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Cafe Del Sol

Euge Groove's new Narada Jazz recording Born 2 Groove, is the saxophonist's fifth release in seven years. True to the soulful, uplifting spirit of Euge, who's years of hard work, have taken him around the world as a longtime veteran member of Tower of Power (1988-92) and sideman for superstars like Richard Marx, Joe Cocker and Tina Turner. Now at the peak of the pop instrumental realm, with a total of eight Top 5 Radio & Records singles, four of which hit #1. Euge says it all about the exciting ongoing rapport he has with his fans that makes him one of instrumental music's most dynamic live performers.

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