In The Gruv
Midwest Smooth Jazz is proud to present on Thursday, July 31st, at 6:30pm, In the Gruv at the Ozone, in Omaha, for another Smooth Jazz Thursday.
Churning out exciting and sassy Smooth Jazz, few bands do it better than In the Gruv. Their stylized versions of Maze, Stevie Wonder, Toni Braxton, and Lenny White tunes, as well as R&B and smooth jazz classics have been pleasing audiences for nearly three years.
In the Gruv is anchored by bass player Richard Payne. Richard grew up in a musical Omaha family and got involved early in the local music scene. After a 15-year absence from the Omaha area, Richard returned to get involved in several successful bands and recording projects. Now with his own band he is dedicated to bringing the music he loves to the local scene.
Linnetta Jones, the dynamic and sparkling lead vocalist for In the Gruv, has been with the band since its inception. Linnetta honed her vocal skills at Simpson College and has since lent her vocal talents to churches, local organizations, and special events. Always a joy to watch and to listen to, Linnetta loves to engage the crowd.
Keeping us “In the Gruv”, drummer and vocalist Robert Bennett has played professionally for 34 years. After moving to Denver, he attended the University of Colorado and studied for two years with Bill Roberts. In 1983 Robert moved to Las Vegas where he worked with top acts such as KC and the Sunshine Band, Cameo, The Coasters, The Imperials, and jazz great Jimmy Smith.
Multi-keyboardist Randy Long, our newest member, has been involved in music most of his life. A prolific composer, Randy has a degree in music composition and sound engineering and has been a long time contributor to the Omaha music scene. His other band project, Tossup, plays a mix of fusion jazz, has one CD to its credit and is working on a second.
Guitarist and vocalist Rod Griffith is a veteran of several local bands, including opening acts for national acts such as Marvin Gaye and Chicago. With Higher Pursuit, Rod was an early contributor to the Midwest Smooth Jazz Society and “Ozone Smooth Jazz Thursdays”. Always engaged with the music, Rod gives an entertaining and passionate performance every time.
That’s In the Gruv – a culmination of experienced and talented performers guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a healthy dose of groove in your day!