Cuesta Vocal Jazz Festival
November 2nd - 3rd, 2018
San Luis Obispo, CA
The seven singers of Groove for Thought have been blowing audiences away for over fifteen years. Their jazz influenced arrangements of both standard and original tunes have earned them the reputation as one of the finest contemporary vocal ensembles in the world.
December 26 - 27, 2018
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And So it Goes
Cooler Than Me
Harold's House of Jazz
My Favorite Things
Strangers of the Heart
Teach Me Tonight
You Make My Dreams Come True
The seven singers of Groove for Thought have been blowing audiences away for over fifteen years. Their jazz influenced arrangements of both standard and original tunes have earned them the reputation as one of the finest contemporary vocal ensembles in the world. Show more
Groove for Thought has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, sharing their unique brand of music with school, concert, nightclub, and festival audiences alike. Performance highlights include the Europa Cantat Festival, the Polyfolia World Choral Symposium, the Jazz Education Network Conference, the American Choral Directors Association Conference, and many of the finest jazz festivals in the United States including the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the University of Northern Colorado/Greeley Jazz Festival, and the Oceanside Jazz Festival. Groove for Thought also had the opportunity to open several shows for comedian Jay Leno. In an appearance on The Choir with Aled Jones on BBC 3 Radio, Jones commented, “Unbelievable singing—I almost feel like I need to lie down after listening.”
In 2010, Groove for Thought was selected as one of ten vocal groups from around the United States to appear on the second season of NBC’s highly rated vocal competition show The Sing-Off. As judges on the show, Boyz II Men founder Shawn Stockman commented, “Y’all are so cool it hurts,” while Singer/Songwriter Ben Folds noted that Groove had, “style, soul, personality, and killer tone—a truly classy music performance.” In addition to appearing on four of the show’s five episodes, Groove is featured on The Sing-Off: Harmonies for the Holidays and The Sing-Off: The Best of Season 2.
Groove for Thought has four studio albums available. In 2006 the group released their self-titled debut. “Their arrangements are stunning representations of the possibilities of vocal harmonies,” reviewed the Contemporary A Cappella Society. 2011’s Inspired features contemporary jazz-influenced takes on songs from many of the pop and rock artists that have influenced the group. In 2013, Groove’s first holiday album, Songs of Good Cheer, was released to rave reviews. Legendary R&B vocalist Brian McKnight commented, “Not only one of the best Christmas CDs I’ve ever heard, one of the best CDs I’ve ever heard.” 2015’s Unnecessary Dissonance features a collection of jazz standards as well as original compositions by lead soprano Amanda Taylor.
Groove for Thought hopes to continue to inspire audiences with their fun and uplifting music.
Amanda Taylor was born in Seattle, Washington. Growing up, she participated in a number of the city’s prestigious ensembles, such as the Seattle Youth Symphony, Vocalpoint! Seattle, and the Seattle Girls’ Choir. During these years of growth, she was accepted into the Grammy Jazz Ensembles (one of eight students selected from the USA). Through this organization, she was able to perform throughout Grammy week, at such events as the Blue Note Records party, the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, and the Grammy Celebration After Party (which included performances with artists Cassandra Wilson, Terence Blanchard, and Herbie Hancock). Show more
Amanda graduated from Central Washington University in Spring 2013 with her BM in Music Composition. She is an active studio singer, and has sung on soundtracks for games like World of Warcraft, Diablo III, Destiny, and more. She has recently moved back to Seattle from Nashville, TN, and is now teaching music at Mt. Si High School, the Northwest Choirs, the Seattle Girls’ Choir, and more.
To check out some of Amanda’s solo material, visit her website: amandataylorkunz.com.
Stephanie grew up in Everett, Washington. She was fortunate to have musically supportive parents, who enrolled all their children in private instrumental lessons. As she was becoming more acquainted with cello and piano, she decided to take up saxophone to play in her middle school’s jazz band. It was there that she first began to enjoy and appreciate jazz. Show more
In order to avoid marching band, Stephanie joined her high school’s choral department. She had some experience singing in her childhood church, and she loved singing in jazz choir from the very beginning. Throughout her college education, she continue to sing in vocal ensembles as much as possible.
Stephanie is currently living in Bellevue, Washington with her husband Nate. She works as a graphic designer during the day, and loves that she has an avenue to continue performing music.
Andrea is from Port Orchard, Washington, where she grew up singing in church choirs, school choirs, and playing cello in the orchestra. She had a great experience in her high school's vocal jazz group and continued on to Pierce College to sing with Farwest Jazz under the direction of Kelly Kunz. It was this group that allowed her to work for the first time with several Groove for Thought members and members-to-be. Show more
Andrea earned her degree from the University of Washington, graduating with her Bachelor of Music Education in 2011. She joined her friends in Groove for Thought to sing alto in 2013.
Andrea currently lives with her husband and son in Port Orchard, Washington, and teaches middle school band and choir.
Chris grew up in Lewisville, Texas. Music had always filled his childhood home, creating a passion for it at a young age. He joined The Vocal Majority, the award-winning internationally renowned men's chorus, at the age of 12 singing next to his father. As a chorus member and soloist with the VM for over a decade, Chris has appeared on over 10 albums, has been featured on television, and has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. Show more
Chris graduated from The University of North Texas in 2015 with a B.M. in Jazz Studies (Jazz Vocal). At UNT, he studied under the incomparable Rosana Eckert and Jennifer Barnes. He earned a spot in the award-winning UNT Jazz Singers, performing with many Grammy Award-winning guests artists, including Bobby McFerrin, Janis Siegel, Lauren Kinhan, and Peter Eldridge as well as the world-renowned UNT One O’Clock Jazz Band.
Chris is currently a Dallas-based studio singer, educator, and performer. He joined Groove for Thought in 2016, and is very excited to share the stage with such talented musicians.
Tenor and Baritone
Kelly grew up in Redmond, Washington. From the time he was about three years old, he would often sit around singing songs while his father accompanied him on the piano. With his younger siblings, Kevin and Colleen, they would do the dishes all the while singing songs in three-part harmony. Show more
Kelly was primarily an instrumentalist growing up. Playing the violin, trumpet and much later, the bass. He didn’t really start taking singing more seriously until he got to High School. He has played in all kinds of bands, from Jazz & Latin, to Rock. Although his emphasis has changed primarily to writing, singing and producing, he still plays bass on different projects from time to time.
Kelly has a B.A. and a M.A. in Music education, getting both degrees from Central Washington University. Currently, Kelly is on staff at Bellevue College where he coordinates the Recording Arts program.
Over the years, Kelly has developed a reputation as one of the finest vocal jazz directors in the country, directing award winning jazz choirs, doing workshops, clinics and adjudicating on a regular basis.
Aside from being musical director and one of the founding members of Groove for Thought, Kelly works as a mixing engineer and producer on various projects through his own production studio.
Brennan grew up in Port Orchard, WA, and became interested in music at a young age. He was very active in his high school choral program and chose to study music at Pierce College after graduating. It was there that Brennan fell in love with music and decided to pursue music education. Brennan went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Music and a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting, both from Central Washington University. Show more
Brennan joined Groove for Thought in 2007, and has enjoyed the musical challenges that it brings to his everyday musical life. Brennan is also an active adjudicator and studio singer. He has been asked to conduct All-State ensembles, present at conferences, and adjudicate vocal jazz festivals around the country.
Brennan is currently the Director of Choirs at Northwest College in Powell, WY. He conducts a variety of choral ensembles, teaches second year music theory, and gives jazz voice and jazz piano lessons.
Inspired by his many outstanding teachers, Jeff began his journey as a musician and educator at a young age. After earning his B.M. in Music Education and M.M. in Choral Conducting from Central Washington University, Jeff has gained a reputation as a leading music educator in the Pacific Northwest. Show more
Jeff is a founding member of Groove for Thought, and he is currently the director of vocal music at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood, Washington. Jeff has several arrangements in publication and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. Jeff lives in Mukilteo, Washington with his wife Maren and son Henry.
Bring Groove to a venue near you! Groove for Thought brings their innovative and unique sound to Jazz Festivals, Clubs, and Conferences across the US, Canada, and Europe. Groove also specializes in workshops and clinics that educate and inspire groups of all sizes and ages. Want Groove to be a part of your event? For more information, get in touch.
Combining artistry, innovation, and excitement, Groove for Thought live is an experience that will leave you inspired and itching to hear more. Groove has received rave reviews by the likes of Ben Folds, Brian McKnight, Shawn Stockman, and more. In addition to the incredible sound of Groove's seven singers, members of Groove's star rhythm section fold their creative sensibilities into the mix to help bring original music and arrangements of classic tunes to life. Find out where to see Groove live, or bring them to a venue near you.
Music education has always been at the core of Groove for Thought. Many of us are music teachers, and we believe that quality music education has the ability to inspire and empower young people in a unique and important way. We can provide a wide array of educational opportunities for students and teachers alike.
Groove for Thought has extensive experience presenting workshops, masterclasses, adjudications, and clinics. Groove has presented workshops at the National American Choral Directors Conference, the Polyfolia World Choral Symposium, and EuropaCantat as well as secondary schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States.
Individual members of Groove for Thought have conducted some of the most successful ensembles in the Pacific Northwest, received numerous honors including invitations to perform at regional and national conventions and multiple Downbeat Student Music Awards, and have adjudicated at the finest festivals and contests throughout the United States.
To bring Groove for Thought to a venue near you, please contact Brennan Baglio by email or at (425) 243-2438.
Want to get in touch with group members directly? Drop them a line!