The Urban Groove Band plays all genre of music. From Jazz, Latin, Swing, Soft Rock, Blues, and RnB we are a group of experienced men who thrive on create a musical sound that every one of all ethnicities can enjoy. Several members of the band members have played professionally on albums, cruise ships, musical tour, weddings, jazz festivals, and various other social gatherings. Each musical instrument in our band has a signature sound that creates a perfect blend when playing any genre of music. On stage the Urban Groove Band is full of life and energy which is felt in the audience from one song to the next. Whether someone is dancing or listening, our "GROOVE" is something that one can feel. Below is a brief description of the Urban Groove Band members and some of their individual experiences throughout the USA. The Urban Groove Band can accommodated all special request of specific genre of music / or specific songs with advance notice.
Daryl Whitlow - Drums / Percussions - Daryl has toured throughout the US; he has played in the following - Theatrical - "It Ain't Nothing But The Blues", "Fame", "Disney's 'The Lion King', "The Life of Billie Holiday"; Rhythm and Blues - "Forever Motown" with The Marvelette's and The Intrigues, Atlantic City, NJ, The SOS Band, Atlantic Recording Artist "All for One", Patrice Rushen, Kevin Toney, Smooth Jazz Artist; Orchestra - Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, Gospel - Yolanda Adams, Edwin Hawkins, Vickie Winans, Shepherd of the Hills Church.
James "Jinx" Gardner (Guitar) - James has toured Japan and Canada as well as throughout the US, appeared on television and several plays. Recorded guitar on EnVogue's "Funky Divas" multiplatinum CD. Performed live with Andre Crouch, Gail Johnson, Donnie McClurkin, Christopher Williams, RAMA, Troop, RioSoul, and Kontroversy; "Jinx" is currently active in several bands throughout Southern California and is the lead guitarist for The Urban Groove Band and Spirit of Zion Fellowship Church.
James R Jefferson "Hoss" - Bass - Has played for recording artist Gail Johnson, Tony Wilkins, Johnny Taylor, and Tyrone Davis. James is currently is the bassist for The Urban Groove Band and Spirit of Zion Fellowship Church.
Mark Bridges – Keyboards & Special Effects: Mark Bridges is a composer, arranger, keyboardist and engraver of music for film, video, theatre and dance. His work includes music for "Disney's Annual American Teacher's Awards" and a classical ballet "After The Ball" performed by the Loyola Ballet Company in New Orleans. He has authored eight books on music including Guitar, Bass and Music Theory. Born in Houston, Texas, Mark now calls Los Angeles home. His education includes study with composer/educator Dr. Emma Lou Diemer, film composer Dan Wyman and study of theory and composition with the late Dick Grove at the Dick Grove School of Music. Mark has taught Electronic Music at the University of California in Santa Barbara and performed with such legendary jazz musicians as Albert "Tootie" Heath and Peter Erskine. He is the newest member of Urban Groove.
Jimmy Sims - "Sims-on-Sax" : Band Leader and College Professor at Los Angeles Valley College / Saxophonist is currently under the mentorship of Professional keyboard player Richard "88 Fingers" Turner & Professional Saxophonist Donald Hayes. Venues Played - Hansen Dam Jazz Festival, Palmdale's Annual Juneteenth Jazz Festival, Antelope Valley County Fair, Fresno Women Convention COGIC, Sacramento Family Day Reunion, Recording Artist Mattie Moss Clarke, Jackie Robinson Festival and Jazz, The Coffee House Lounge, The Tripp Bar and Grille, Academic Scholarship Awards Banquet, Spirit of Zion Fellowship Church, Tuskegee Airmen Awards Ceremony, Recording Artist E. Z. Patterson & KonKord Records, Saxophonist for Alana's Masterpiece Band at LA Louisianne Jazz & Super Club,and a variety of other venues of various genre.