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Simon Russell

Blues, Funk, Soul and Jazz are fused together, wrapped into an eclectic, colorful package, and emerge as a funky, yet soulful sound that is called 'Groovality'.

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Groovality is a San Francisco Bay Area-based group that has its own highly distinctive sound. Each member has a discrete background and set of talents, but they come together with their simple, but absolute, love for music, creating a sound that is raw and honest. Like the name, the music is more than groovy-- it has a vitality that expresses joy, blues, passion, and soul all at the same time.

Imagine the screaming guitar solos of the great late Jimi Hendrix, fused with the gravely overtones of the legendary Ray Charles, laced with the light and dynamic touch of Gene Harris. Groovality combines a variety of classic influences, and adds modern flair to create a unique and powerful combination of sounds.

"Mind-blowing." "Soulful." "Tight and moving." Fans over the past ten years describe Groovality as a sound that makes you want to get up and groove with the band.

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Billy Johnson

Billy Johnson was born in Philadelphia, and was the beneficiary of the mentoring of fine players like Gerry Brown and Cornell Rochester on the local scene. He spent a lot of time traveling back and forth between Philly and New York, playing at one time in a band with guitarist Kevin Eubanks and his brother, trombonist Robin Eubanks.

It's easy to see why the guitarist Carlos Santana enlisted Billy Johnson on three different occasions to man the traps for tours and albums. He did his first tour with Santana in 1990 and 1991, and then rejoined the band in the summer of 1994 for about two-and-a-half years. Johnson is fleet around the kit, but his most spectacular quality might be his grounding. He throws his roots deep into the music, keeps the drive going while leaving room for the percussion to breathe around him.

Billy Johnson is not so much smooth as solid - his grooves have an edge to them. His solos are built around ostinato patterns, repeating a phrase with the feet and adding onto it up top. There's always a connection to the funk in Johnson's grooves. Johnson performed on Santana's 'Milagro' album in 1992, and the 'Brothers' record featuring Carlos and Jorge Santana. He plays the opening cut on Santana's smash, 'Supernatural', the spirited romp (Da Le)Taleo. Billy Johnson has provided a hot rhythmic bedrock - a steady pulse on Put Your Lights On, the powerful tom work on Migra, some slinky funk on Love Of My Life, and the upbeat Latin-infused rock on Maria Maria and Smooth.

Billy Johnson has played on four albums with Frankie Beverly and Maze, including 'Joy and Pain', 'Live In New Orleans', 'We Are One', and 'Back To Basics'.

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Paul Branin

A well-seasoned, phenomenal, authentic, original master groove artist; expresses an extraordinary musical technique that mesmerizes all that hear him.

Paul is a full time musician who has achieved an equal level of proficiency on both guitar and sax.

He's worked and toured with Levon Helm and backed up Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and others while working with Levon, as well as playing with Rick Danko and Garth Hudson. He's also worked with jazz legends like Jimmy McGriff, Hank Crawford, and Jack DeJonette.

Other bands include Orleans, Robbie DuPree, Sargent Tucker as well as numerous local and regional acts on both the East and West Coasts. He is well versed in many styles from blues to rock to modern jazz and others. He consistently wows audiences with his prowess on both instruments and is told he plays each as if it was his only one.

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Rob Watson

He has recorded and/or performed with such artists as:

James Brown, Joe Luis Walker, Robert Randolph, Joss Stone, Joe Sample, Rodney Franklin, Tupak Shakur, Aaron Hall, Pussy Cat Dolls, Peter Erskine, & Pete Escovedo to name a few.

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