Groove Brno annually introduces music fans to the world’s and Czech top funk, soul and jazz musicians. Since 2007, almost twenty Grammy Award winners and countless nominees for this prestigious award have visited the usually autumn concert series. Concert events held at the Sono Centrum or Metro Music Bar have brought thousands of music fans from all over the country, including international fans, to the second largest city.
Past editions have featured Grammy Award winners and international stars such as guitarist Victor Bailey, saxophonist Ernie Watts, one of the best jazz singers in the world today, Kurt Elling, drummer Brian Blade, Scott Colley, Fred Wesley, Antonio Sanchez and James Brown soloist Maceo Parker.
Currently in 2022
All of the names of the 15th edition of the festival are known! The hall of the Metro Music Bar will welcome Philip Lassiter (US) on 26th October, Huntertones (US) feat. Akie Besmiss on 4th November and Fred Wesley & The New JB’s (US) on 12th November. The previously announced double concerts of Tower of Power (US) and Spyro Gyra (US) on 9th November, Brooklyn Funk Essentials (US) and D.Y.K. (CZ) on 15th October, and the unique collaboration of B-Side Band (CZ) with the singer and songwriter Judith Hill (US) on 14th October will all take place in the Sono Center hall. Lettuce will have their Czech premiere on 8th October in the hall of Metro Music Bar.
The past in detail
The 7th edition of the festival was held in the spirit of “Jazz voices”, which introduced the dramaturgy of world and domestic stalwarts of vocal jazz. In 2014, the British acapella group The King’s Singers presented a new album at the festival, and the Polish star Anna Maria Jopek and the American quarter-century-old New York Voices performed, accompanied by the Brno big band B-SIDE BAND with guest Votěch Dyke. The highlight of the year was the world-famous American TAKE 6 with ten Grammy statuettes to their credit. The Czech Republic was represented by Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers.
In 2016, the festival’s dramaturgy turned again to big bands. The Slovak Bratislava Hot Serenaders & Milan Lasica with band leader Juraj Bartos, the French-American Electro Deluxe, and the Balkan turbo-dance band Fanfara Transilvania from Romania also visited Brno.
The 10th edition in 2017 retrospectively combined the world names that graced the programs of the past years such as Maceo Parker, Ernie Watts, or The Puppini Sisters with new discoveries on the scene such as the local talent Ondřej Pivec with his Organic Quartet. That year, Pivec won a Grammy for his album Take Me To The Alley with Gregory Porter.
The festival also presented itself as a platform for the production of original musical crossover projects. Roman Dragoun & B-Side Band, the Brno Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and the Czech Ensemble Baroque Choir prepared Roman Dragoun’s most famous songs under the festival’s baton, arranged by Zdeněk Novák. A year later, in the same line-up with Honza Křížek, they honoured the memory of Radim Hladík and the Blue Effect band.
In 2018, the Sono Centre welcomed the world phenomenon with Swedish origins Dirty Loops, and the genre legends Earth, Wind & Fire under the baton of Al McKay rang the Boby Centre hall. The festival program was also graced by the jazz fusion quartet Yellowjackets, French Electro Deluxe, and American Kennedy Administration with Czech keyboardist Ondrej Pivec.
From previous years