is a group of incredibly talented musicians and songwriters who
have joined forces to create Radio friendly groove oriented jazz music.
Together their musical influences combine to create a genuinely unique
that overwhelmingly connects with listeners. The members of N-Groove
Jazz, R&B and Pop influences seamlessly. Band members include Roberto
C.C. Givens and Cheikh Ndoye.
Roberto Tyson was born in Cuba, reared in Puerto Rico and New
Roberto, a prodigy in his early youth, was schooled in the ways of the
masters of jazz guitar and played along side his father, also a
with premier musicians of the time. Young Roberto developed a reputation
one of the best players around. Today, Roberto brings a Latin, Caribbean
traditional jazz influence to the richness of his music. His musical
influences were his father who is also a guitarist and a percussionist.
Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson and Pat Martino.
C. C. Givens the renaissance man of the group began his career as
at an early age. Throughout his childhood development he listened to and
experimented with every genre of music to which he was exposed. He was
influenced by composers and producers such as Quincy Jones, Maurice
Antonio Carlos Jobim and Burt Bacharach. Although primarily known as a
drummer he also is the bands producer and plays a variety of instruments
the CD. Currently C.C. is focused on composing & producing interesting,
emotionally inspiring music for the global marketplace including
film & urban music.
Cheikh Ndoye's fascination by the diverse, rich sounds and
rhythms of the
Senegalese music scene started in his prime age. Early in life, he was
attracted by jazz masters such as Charlie Parker, Monk, Miles Davis, Wes
Montgomery and many other jazz greats. However, after listening to
Report 8:30 album, he was so captivated by Jaco's melodic and harmonic
developments that he immediately fell in love with the bass guitar. In
beginning, Cheikh played the piano between the ages of 9 and 11. He
pick up the bass until the age of 14. He would encounter two obstacles
his early musical adventure. On the one hand, he would have to convince
parents who believed that school should always come first. On the other
hand, given the expensive musical instruments, Cheikh could not afford
own bass guitar. That did not discourage him. Fortunately, he had
support from his friend Thierno Camara, an already reputable musician,
would let him borrow his bass guitar. Years later, Cheikh secured his
professional gig with a Dakar jazz band, Opus. The band had its first
national exposure at the notable St Louis Jazz Festival in which
great jazz musicians such as Pharaoh Sanders, Jack De Johnnette, Herbie
Hancock, and many others. Cheikh's transition from the Senegalese to the
U.S. music scene was pretty smooth given his broad musical exposure back
home. Furthermore, young and prominent African bass players, such as
Bona and Armand Sabalecco, had already paved the way and established the
link for this new generation of African musicians venturing in the U.S.