Groovality is the collective energy of veteran musicians whose mission is to move souls through their unique blend of Funk, Jazz, Blues and Soul. Groovality is:
Billy Johnson: Performed on Santana’s Milagro album in 1992, the Brothers record featuring Carlos and Jorge Santana, as well as playing the opening cut on Santana’s smash, Supernatural, the spirited romp “(Da Le) Taleo”. Johnson has played on four albums with Frankie Beverly and Maze, including Joy and Pain, Live In New Orleans, We Are One, and Back To Basics. Since late in ’96, he’s been performing with contemporary jazz guitarist Joyce Cooling (and played one track on her second CD, Keeping Cool), and has been playing with the Bay Area pop band Pablo Cruise when time permits. Other names Johnson has performed with include Patti Austin, Patti LaBelle, MC Hammer, and Robin Ford.
La Tanya Carmical: As an experienced freelance vocal and dance artist, La Tanya has a versatile style. As a percussionist, she’s developed her playing style studying Rolando Soto. She belongs to Women’s Drummers International and received training from legendary drummers/performers Annette Argentina Aguilar, Edwina Tyler, Linda Tillery and Mabiba Gagne. She has recorded with Juan Escovedo and her discography credits include background vocals on Under the Moon, by Annie Sampson (Stone Ground), Mic Gillette (Tower of Power) and a soon to be released Brazillian-flavored recording by John Hart, entitled Changing Seasons. La Tanya has been blessed to grace the stage with performers Mark Russo (Kenny Loggins/Doobie Brothers), Steph Burns (Prince/Sheila E.), ConFunkShun and Jennifer Holiday and opened at local venues for such artists as Pete Escovedo and Greg Kihn.
Simon Russell: In 1983 Simon moved from the rural apple orchards of Sebastopol Ca. to the Bay Area, where he learned the great art of performance and musicality from a number of local musicians who were gracious enough to bring him under their wing. One of the most influential musical figures in Simon’s career was the multi-instrumentalist Rafael Grinage (bass player for Earl Fatha Hines and Odetta). He taught Simon that “no note should be wasted”! Make every note count or be silent! Those words have stayed with Simon his entire career. As a musician, Simon has had the great honor of performing with The James Brown Band, Pete Escovedo, David Grissom, Zakiya Hooker, Curtis Lawson, Beverly Stoval as well as many truly remarkable musical phenoms yet to be discovered on a grand scale commercially.
Rob Watson: Watson was the music director of the Konocti Blues Cafe, the very popular music venue that was Lake County’s best non-kept secret for two years before its unfortunate closure earlier this year. During his tenure at the Konocti Blues Cafe, Watson brought an all-star cast to the stage. Grammy-winning keyboardist Rodney Franklin, Sly & The Family Stone alum Rusty Allen, Miles Davis guitarist Barry Finnerty, Frankie Beverly and Maze drummer Billy Johnson, session player and boyhood chum Robert Reason and many more acclaimed players, all of whom augmented the sound of blues diva Bettie Mae Fikes.