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Mr. Groove is a contemporary jazz group founded in the early 90's by brothers Tim and Roddy Smith. Along with bassist Tim, and guitarist Roddy are keyboardist Steve Willets, saxophonist Tim Gordon, and drummer Donnie Marshall.

The path to becoming a band in the case of Mr. Groove is a great story. The Smith brothers are the sons of "Brother" Ralph Smith, a well know musician and comedian, and a part of the Arthur Smith Show, the nationally syndicated television series from the 50's-70's, led by the Smith's uncle, legendary guitarist, Arthur Smith.

The Smith brothers began playing and performing as young children, and started writing their own music and recording as young teens. Tim Gordon was actually a classmate of Tim Smith as far back as junior high, though they did not know each other then.

Fast forward 15 years-the Smiths return to Charlotte to start an original music band. The Smiths had been hearing about a sax player in town named Tim Gordon. After being invited to sit in on a gig-the chemistry was obvious-and Tim instantly became a part of the slowly growing band. Donnie Marshall, the drummer of Jim Brock’s “Montuno Jazz Orchestra” played a few gigs with the band and the groove was immediate, and the band was set. A self titled project was recorded in Charlotte a year or so later, released and promoted to jazz radio, and charted on over 100 stations, becoming a hit in areas as diverse as Las Vegas and Indianapolis, and garnering heavy rotation coast to coast and on J Wave in Japan.

On the Smith's return to the US after a two year gig in Paris at Disneyland, Mr. Groove recorded a second project for Contemporary Christian label Pamplin Music, called "Venice Wind." The project sold well, and was critically acclaimed. Now, a new project is nearing completion. It features the band, along with vocalist Darryl Johnson, a long time collaborator, and top studio singer, and Tim Cashion, another long time friend of the band, studio singer, and one of the top live vocal "sidemen" in the business, having performed with Robert Palmer, Jon Secada, Bob Seger, and currently with the reformed Grand Funk Railroad.

Original keyboardist Mark Stallings still performs and records with Mr. Groove from time to time, although his seat has been assumed by New York native Steve Willets, a brilliant pianist and vocalist, who works with Tim Smith in legendary sax player Boots Randolph’s band. Mr. Groove’s concentration in the past year has been to work on a new band project as well as backing legendary vocalist Bonnie Bramlett.

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