The Steve Grover Sextet
The Steve Grover Sextet
Steve Grover, drums: Steve has led jazz groups in the New England area since the mid 1980's. A Maine native, he teaches at The University of Maine at Augusta (where he received his degree in music), Bowdoin College and Bates College. Steve was a faculty member of The Maine Jazz Camp from 1984-97, and was director from 1992-94. In 1994, Steve won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz/BMI Jazz Composers Competition, and in 1996 was a winner in JAZZIZ Magazine's "Percussion On Fire" talent search. He received an honorable mention in the 2004 Billboard Song Contest, and his composition "Breath" was featured that same year on NPR's "All Songs Considered". In 2008 Steve's original composition "Art Advocate" was chosen as the theme song for the MPBN program "Conversations With Maine". Steve's group won "Best Jazz Act of 2009" in The Portland Phoenix Best Music Poll, and was voted one of the "Ten Most Influential Bands of the Last Ten Years" by The Phoenix that same year.
Steve has released nine CDs, with reviews appearing in Down Beat, JazzTimes, and Cadence magazines. "The Garden Above", a collaborative CD with saxophonist David Wells and guitarist Tony Gaboury, was included in The Portland Phoenix Top Ten CDs of 2006, and his latest CD "Statement" made The Portland Phoenix Top Ten CDs list for 2011. In addition to performing with his own groups and with clarinetist Brad Terry, Steve has performed with such well-known jazz artists as Buddy Tate, Jay McShann, Eddie Gomez, Chris Potter, Marvin Stamm, Greg Tardy, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Steve Slagle and many others. Steve lives in Farmingdale, ME.
Tony Gaboury, guitar: Tony holds his Master's degree in Performance from Goddard College, and currently teaches at The Berklee College of Music. He has performed with many outstanding artists, including George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Bruce Saunders, and many others. Tony's latest CD is entitled "Empathy" on the Invisible Music label. Tony lives in Portland, ME.
Tom Bucci, bass: Tom is one of the finest bassists and musicians in Maine. Tom attended the Berklee College of Music from 1968-71, and since then has performed with many of the area's legendary top jazz musicians, including Brad Terry, Roy Frazee, Tommy Gallant, Dom Moio, Jaxon Stock, Herb Pomeroy and many others.
Tim Weir, trumpet: : A native of Australia, trumpeter/educator/composer Tim Weir has won two DownBeat jazz awards and been nominated for one Grammy Award. He has appeared with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Charlottesville Symphony, Key West Pops Orchestra and the Miami (FL) Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with such luminaries as Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Michael Bolton, Celia Cruz, Bobby Shew, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, and the Funk Brothers.
Tim received his D.M.A. in Trumpet Performance (Jazz) from the University of Miami and his M.Mus from Florida International University. His B.Mus is from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. His principal teachers include Laurie Frink, Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, Arturo Sandoval, Greg Gisbert, Jason Carder and Alex Norris. Tim is a member of NafME, APRA, ITG, a former board member of the Australian Trumpet Guild, and was the coordinator of the Festival of Trumpets when the ITG conference was held in Sydney, Australia in 2010.
Dr. Weir is currently coordinator of the Jazz and Contemporary Music program at the University of Maine at Augusta, where he teaches trumpet, ensembles, theory and improvisation.
David Wells, tenor saxophone: Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, saxophonist David Wells is a bright light on the Maine jazz scene. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Joe Henderson, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Mintzer and other artists. Prior to moving to Maine in 2002, David was living in London, participating in the jazz scene there. Since moving to Maine, David has been teaching and performing in the wider New England area. He currently resides in Windham, ME.
Jason St, Pierre, alto saxophone: A resident of Portland, Maine, Jason is considered one of the finest saxophonists in Maine, sporting a contemporary concept imbued with the jazz tradition. Jason attended the prestigious New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, studying and performing with many of the jazz greats, including renowned saxophonists George Garzone and Dave Liebman. Since returning to Maine, Jason has been the saxophonist of choice in all styles on the Portland jazz scene.
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