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The Acoustic Groove Project: BiO

***The Acoustic Groove Project***

Dave Renz leads The Acoustic Groove Project - an ensemble committed to the exploration of the sound of traditional jazz defined through the Caribbean, Latin American, and Urban groove of today’s music. The combination creates a sound that is fresh, soulful, and unique.

When you watch and listen to The Acoustic Groove Project, you’re confronted with the harmony of opposites…youth with experience; contemporary with traditional; form with freedom; energy with elegance.

Inspired by the simple structure and warm colors of Cuban jazz, the Acoustic Groove Project plays with an East Coast edge. Their sound is funky, bluesy, and full of life.

*Dave Renz - Saxophone*

Dave Renz has been playing saxophone professionally on the East Coast since the early 1990’s, and recently performed internationally in Paris, France. He writes, arranges and records with some of the top players in the area, and has performed at both the Berks Jazz Fest and Musik Fest on multiple occasions.

*Greg Orlando - Bass*

Greg Orlando is equally comfortable on electric or acoustic bass, and has studied with some of the best jazz musicians in the area. A student at West Chester University, he performs regularly in a variety of local projects and has had a wealth of studio experience.

*Walter Runge - Keys*

Known in the area as Walt Keys, Walter brings the same blend of Gospel, Latin and Funk feel to this jazz group that founding member Dan Orlando established. Walter also offers great compositions and is committed to exploring every song to its fullest.

*Ryan Connors - Drums*

Ryan Connors performs regularly from Hershey PA to Princeton NJ, and adds a fresh feel to the group, with deep pocket groove playing and musical interaction with the ensemble.

*Jeff Holden - Drums*

Jeff Holden is a Berklee Grad and founding member of the AGP who now resides in Boston. His willingness to apply influences from various styles to the jazz tradition helped forge the sound of this project. We enjoy having Jeff appear with us in guest artist situations when he is in the area!

*Dan Orlando - Piano*

Dan Orlando studies at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He is a gifted pianist and writer and has appeared on multiple recordings. As a founding member we enjoy having him in the chair for special guest appearances when he is on the East Coast!