Groove Apparatus


Formed by Scott Robert Avidon, Steve Swanson, and Edward Taylor, Groove Apparatus gave its very first performance at Greenwich Village’s famed 55 Bar in June 1997, and has since gone on to become a staple of the New York City jazz scene, performing regularly at such venues as Kavehaz, The Garage, Van Gogh’s Ear, and Arka Lounge, to name a few.

In 2001, the group released its first recording, The Enlightened Ones, featuring eight original compositions. The CD would go on to reach number 2 on WRHU’s jazz chart.

In 2001, the group was heard performing on the soundtrack to the award-winning independent film Meemo by writer/director Joe LaPenna. The band also makes an onscreen appearance in the film.

In 2007, Groove Apparatus released The Mists of Distant Time featuring special guest trumpeter Terell Stafford. Featuring seven original tunes, the CD received five out of five stars from and was described as a “Superb Recording. One of the year’s ten best.”

In 2007, the group began its association with world-renowned guitarist Vic Juris, which led to the band’s third recording, Into the Labyrinth, released in August 2011.

Some of the musicians who have performed with the band over the years  include Jim Ridl, Terell Stafford, Daniel Kelly, Chris Bacas, Joel Frahm, Harvie S, Pete Rodriguez, Yasomoto Takeda, Renato Thoms, Bob Himmelberger, Angelo Versace, Dave Dallon, Dan Fabricatore, Brenda Earle, Greg Berger, Joe Bussey, Tom DiCarlo, Adam Weber, and Colby Inzer.

“Straight ahead jazz by some of the best guys on the East Coast.” - David Liebman