March 19, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Madison Jazz Society presents Groovus from Tennessee. Groovus is Brian Holland, piano; Steve Pikal, string bass; Danny Coots, drums.
The word GROOVUS! is actually derived from an early form of Latin – created long before the Indo-European folks got ahold of it and turned it into something decent – that, loosely translated means, “Holy crap that swings!” At least that’s what Danny Coots tells us (apparently his Latin teacher, Mrs. Christopher, was quite the story-teller).
Their debut album, All We Know, features an absolute cornucopia of jazz-related styles that will keep even the most hardened jazz critic interested. Our dear friend and Jazz Aficionado, Michael Steinman, wrote in his liner notes, “Brian, Steve, and Danny – heartfelt tumblers and jugglers – create MUSIC that makes us feel. We remember sunrises, cool water, grateful breathing, hugs. The Sages describe many routes to enlightenment, but their advice is really “Find your Groove and Groove with others who Understand.” The universe has its own joyous rhythm – we feel it in the womb, in the waves. Count Basie had it even when he had to ride a scooter onstage. GROOVUS is so well-named; this trio sends the right vibrations without ever frightening the new puppy.