Groove Society, formed by Bianca Herbert & Joe Herbert, is an award winning vocal jazz sextet that is among the top
rising stars on the world a cappella scene. In 2006, the group was named
“Vocal Group of the Year” by the JPF International Music Awards, as well
as being honored for “Best A Cappella Album”, and “Best A Cappella Song”.
And in 2007, Groove Society received the prestigious “IAJE Award for
Outstanding Service to Jazz Education” at the International Association
for Jazz Education convention in New York City.
With the release of their critically
acclaimed debut CD, Groove
Society is receiving airplay on major-market jazz and NPR stations from
coast to coast and around the world. They have appeared at international
jazz festivals across the Mainland U.S., Hawaii, and Canada, sharing the
billing with, and/or opening for top artists including Bonnie Raitt,
Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, The Neville Brothers, Eddie Palmieri,
Paquito D’Rivera, Freddy Cole, Patty Austin, The Rippingtons, Bobby
Hutcherson, Jimmy Heath, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, The Bad
Plus, Paul Taylor, Nelson Rangell, Soulive, Styx, and many more!
Thoughtfully crafted arrangements,
intricate rhythms, exhilarating improvisations, and astonishingly
authentic vocal percussion give Groove Society a unique sound that leaves
enthusiastic audiences amazed at the complexity and power that can be
achieved by six vocalists with no instruments. Group members hold
degrees ranging from vocal performance to music education to theory and
composition, and have combined their talents to create a dynamic group
that captivates concertgoers and finds itself in demand. The group’s
repertoire includes the full spectrum of jazz styles as well as R&B and
popular music infused with extended jazz harmonies.
In addition to their busy performing
schedule, Groove Society also works in education, giving workshops and
clinics to high school and college students. Individually, members are
involved in a variety of projects including solo performances and
recordings, teaching, adjudicating, writing and arranging. The group hopes
to continue to explore all styles of music and expand their audiences for
years to come.