“Jazz music is America's past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, an ultimate value of art. ”
— Winton Marsalis
BRIEF DECRIPTION & BIO
Ellis White is a Contemporary Jazz international recording artist based out of Saint Augustine FL offering the sounds of Smooth Jazz with a Latin flair, Bluesy undertone and a Funky vibe.
He has performed on festival stages that included artists such as Spyro Gyra, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, Chris Godber, Chick Corea, Blake Aaron, Euge Groove, Maysa, The Rippingtons and the Commodores among others.
His CD released in October 2017 titled Smilin' In Paradise received significant airplay, great reviews and made it on to the major radio charts with our single Shaken Not Stirred spending months on the Billboard Top 30 chart in 2018 reaching a high of #17 and their track When I See Your Smile spent three weeks at #1 on the smoother jazz chart in the UK and spent 8 months in the Top 20.
A few years ago, as a funked-up, multi-faceted smooth urban jazz vibe was taking hold of his emerging Jacksonville, FL ensemble, guitarist Ellis White and his band mates were working on tunes to incorporate into their live set. One day during rehearsal, White called out, “Hey, did you Catch That Groove I just did?” That phrase became the perfect moniker for the freewheeling, high octane, rhythm driven band.
As Ellis White builds his reputation in his home base region and beyond, genre fans seeking fresh sounds are gravitating towards the uniquely democratic structure – where each musician has an alternating lead voice and they cleverly pair two instruments at the same time (sax/trumpet, guitar/sax, guitar/trumpet, sax/keyboard, etc.) to create richly textured lead melodies and harmony lines.
The diversity is fueled by the unique geographic origins, professional backgrounds, stylistic leanings and the expertise of the musicians that take the stage with Ellis White. A native of Maine, Ellis is primarily a self-taught musician aided by studying with prominent guitarist Dr. John Shaffer and other quality instructors over the years. In the past he has played in blues and soft rock bands that have opened for artists like the late Warren Zevon and John Cafferty.
“The fun part of this band,” says Ellis “is getting to play, perform, write and record with an amazingly talented and diverse group of musicians.
Catch The Groove has been a popular draw at such hot spots as Jazzland Café, Breezy Jazz Club and the stage at the downtown venue Jacksonville Landing (on the river), where they perform regularly. Expanding their regional drawing power, they have performed at the beautiful St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jazz In The Bay Festival In Tampa, Daytona Music Festival among many others along the East Coast.
Their democratic approach to performing is in full effect during Catch The Groove’s explosive live shows, where each member’s talent and energy is on display via prominent lead lines, solos and tandem melodies with other members. Some songs begin with the rhythm section jamming prior to the sax coming in for a few solo bars before the trumpet begins doubling the sax and the rest of the band kicks in. The variety and unexpected surprises are part of the fun and appeal. Some of the cover tunes that go over well with audiences include Rick Braun & Richard Elliot’s “Q It Up”, Ronnie Laws’ “Always There”, George Duke’s “It’s On” and “Secret Garden”, with different instruments mimicking the vocals of the original Quincy Jones version that featured Barry White, James Ingram, Al B. Sure and El Debarge.
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