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Independent jazz band Groove55 smashes onto Billboard charts
(Published: May 09, 2012)

David, meet Goliath.

The Canadian band Groove55 was able to overcome a hurdle that numerous independent jazz acts cannot even imagine. Despite the geographical distance and absence of major-label support, Groove55 smashed into the smooth jazz charts in Billboard with their new album, À la carte.

According to keyboardist Jacques Mignault, it was accomplishment that was equal parts self-reliance and third-party assistance. "Hard work and great help by fantastic marketing and promotion people," Mignault revealed. "For an independent band from Quebec, I'd say we're doing pretty well. I'd like to see us backed by a real label one day, but we have a lot of work to do to get there. We have a lot of fun creating our songs, and we are hoping to reach a lot of listeners so they can feel that in our music."

What's even more startling about Groove55's rapid climb to the Billboard charts is that the group is still relatively young. "Groove55 was founded in late 2009 when bassist Yves Nadeau and I committed to develop a group in the smooth jazz style of music," Mignault explained. "Actually, we realized that this is what we had been doing all along. We immediately invited Yves Adam to join us, one of the best saxophone players in Montreal. We changed drummers after a year, and now Daniel Lemay is playing with us."

The band's enigmatic name will leave listeners with head-scratching moments, and Mignault wasted no time in revealing its origins. "We were having dinner with the band and my kids. Yves Nadeau and I knew we wanted the word ‘groove' in the name," Mignault recalled. "Before anything else, the music has to groove, that's the first law of Groove55. My son-in-law at the table, Charles, came up with the number 55 because, we have to admit, in the group we're all pretty much that age. I quickly trotted to the computer and checked for the domain name, and it was available so I bought it immediately. We had our name." Mignault added that, "55 is a special number. We always had 10 songs on our albums, because when you add the numbers 1 to 10, you get a total of 55. I think that's quaint."

More Information: http://www.groove55.com

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