Born into a musically family, Gregory George Groover Jr, is a Twenty-year-old tenor saxophonist who possessed a passion for music since age ten and has not turned back. Gregory became very serious about his love for the tenor saxophone and jazz music during the spring of his freshmen year at the Boston Arts Academy, an award winning public high school for the visual and performing arts. In the June of 2011, Gregory graduated from Boston Arts Academy as both the Elma Lewis graduate with distinction and the Louis Armstrong Jazz awardee. Currently, enrolled in his forth semester at the prestigious, Berklee College of Music; Gregory is blessed to be studying Music Education and Jazz Performance on a full tuition scholarship.
While still very young, Groover has had many life changing musical experiences.
While studying music at the Boston Arts Academy, Gregory had the privilege to participate in the Berklee City Music program for several years. This turned out to be a very crucial time in his development as a musician that would give him many performing opportunities. Including the privilege to perform in clinics or on stage with many great musicians including Jeff Galindo, Dave Fiuczynski, Victor, Mendoza, Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire, The Eugie Castrio Orchestra, William Cepeda, Ron Carter, Quincy Jones and at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. In addition to these great achievements, during in senior year of high school, Gregory was given the opportunity to travel with several other High School students to Long Beach California to perform at Technology Entertainment and Design Festival.
Since his arrival at Berklee in the fall of 2011, Gregory has stayed very active on the Boston music scene, performing at various high profile events with many local artists including Mango Blue and Revelacion Latina and also leading his own band every Friday night at the historic Wally’s Jazz Café in the south end. In addition, over the last couple of years Gregory has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious jazz festivals and jazz venues both here in the United States and abroad including the Tony Williams Jazz festival, The Bean Town Jazz festival, The Heineken Jazz festival and at Café Mercedes in Valencia, Spain.
In May of 2012, Gregory had an experience that would forever change his life. During a tribute performance for the late Abbey Lincoln, Gregory was presented with Legendary Jazz Musician, James Moody’s tenor saxophone as a gift from Berklee College of Music, presented by stellar saxophonist and Berklee Woodwind Chair, Bill Pierce. If ever there was any doubt about his career as a musician, it was changed forever on this day. Gregory then knew more than ever, that music was his true one and only calling and that this was just the beginning for him.
Experience & Education
Student for Berklee Global Jazz InstituteSeptember 2013 to Present (about 4 years)
I am currently in my fourth semester at the prestigious BGJI program.
Band Leader for Wally's Jazz CafeMay 2010 to Present (over 7 years)
I have lead bands on both Thursday and Friday nights over the last couple of years at Wally's Jazz Cafe.
Saxophonist for Charles Street A.M.E ChurchSeptember 2006 to Present (about 11 years)
Musician at the Historic Charles Street A.M.E Church
Music Education and Performance in at Berklee College of Music2011 to 2015 (4 years)
Music Major in at Boston Arts Academy2007 to 2011 (4 years)