Groovexpress is a collaborative music project, formed in 2010 by composer, arranger and producer, Mykeljon. A group of players of a calibre found only in those at the top of their game, Groovexpress masterfully fuse elements from the ‘jazz standard’ days to the fresh melodic sounds in the smooth jazz format. Groovexpress has been compared with such masters as Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power and even that of the funk delicious grooves of James Brown. Groovexpress manages to keep each album fresh with contemporary flavours, creating “upbeat, fun, sensual jazz” that is “ageless and timeless.
This dedication to their craft, their listeners, and their fans is earning Groovexpress international acclaim, with their debut album, ‘Ukrainian Doll’, receiving sustained airplay on some of the biggest jazz radio stations across the globe. So get your groove on, grab a ticket, and get onboard – Groovexpress is not to be missed.
With over 30 years as a professional musician, arranger, composer and producer, Mykeljon's deep musical knowledge and wealth of experience have made him a true master of both the studio and stage.
Originally training to be a teacher, yet unable to ignore the musical fire burning within him, Mykeljon left his home-town of Auckland, New Zealand to study music at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating with a Degree in Music Technology and an Associate Diploma in Jazz, he founded his own commercial production studio, where he worked for over a decade. In 1996, looking to start a new chapter, Mykeljon headed to Los Angeles, CA – there, performing and recording with such talents as Andy Suzuki, Pat Kelley, Ernest Tibbs, John Ferraro, Michito Sanchez, and the late Rickey Grundy.
A veteran of the Australasian music scene, Ernestʼs talent on the keys has seen him share the stage with some of the most recognisable names in New Zealand music, including Frankie Stevens, John Rowles, Sir Howard Morrison, Tina Cross, and Annie Crummer.
With strong classical roots, Anthony Hunt was exposed to music from an early age. Playing keys drums and bass in church from aged 15, and Jazz groups from aged 17, he completed a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance on piano at the NZ School of Music.
Known for his warm sound, melodic style, and his ability to harmoniously cross musical borders, Robert Kyleʼs lyricism and fluidity as a multi-instrumentalist have made him one of Los Angelesʼ most respected musicians. A Yamaha Artist, with nine albums to his own name, Kyleʼs performing and recording credits include work with some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz, blues and popular music – from Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, Chaka Khan and Jason Mraz; to Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, and Linda Rondstadt.
Chris Tedesco has distinguished himself as a one of the top call Trumpet players on the music scene in Los Angeles since 1987. Equally at home performing classical Trumpet or jazz, chamber music or orchestral pieces. He is a graduate of the University of Miami in Florida, where he studied trumpet with Gil Johnson, former Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy.
Jim McMillen has established himself in Los Angeles as a top Trombonist, Arranger, and Music Producer in the Los Angeles area for over 3 decades. Equally at home as a player and arranger Jim has performed Jazz, Rock, Funk, Pop, Chamber Music, Orchestra, Musical Theater, Circus, Salsa, Ska and Reggae with some of the biggest names in the business.
Carrying a pair of sticks in his hand since he was only 11 years old, Isaac Sanchez has honed his craft as a freelance drummer and percussionist. Originally inspired to take up hand percussion by Mexican-American conguero legend, Poncho Sanchez, he has since contributed his deeply musical playing to the performances of many jazz ensembles and vocal jazz rhythm sections, as well as the recordings of numerous independent artists and singer-songwriters, including Raymond Gregory, Marcus Gerakos, Crystal Lewis, Hector Hermosillo, Emily Simonian, and Tyrone Wells.
Trinidad started playing music when he was 11 years old. His first instrument was drums, but he quickly gravitated to bass guitar and that became his primary instrument. He also plays acoustic and electric guitar.
A consummate musician with an impeccable sense of groove, Bruce Kerr has worked and toured with a venerable list of international entertainers in his long and successful music career, including Elaine Paige, Sir Tim Rice, Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Barrymore, and Bonnie Tyler, as well as a “whoʼs who” of New Zealand artists – from Tina Cross, Jackie Clark, Ray Columbus, Billy T James, and The Yandell Sisters, to Rob Guest, John Rowles, Suzanne Prentice, and the late Martin Winch.
Born into an extended family of musicians, it seemed destined that Nic Haslip too would follow a musical path – and indeed, so it has turned out.
It is widely held that the percussion family are amongst the oldest musical instruments, following the human voice, and with 25 years of stage experience, Nick Nahi feels the groove like the ancient ones.
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