The band is based in Glasgow and has played predominantly in the city, however the band is currently in discussions with various Jazz Festivals including Edinburgh, Arran and Aberdeen.
The Groove Merchant Jazz Orchestra is a top end big band made up of some of the strongest young jazz musicians on the Glasgow scene. The band has performed at the Glasgow Jazz Festival, at Drygate, has music on Spotify and was featured as the house band on BBC Radio Scotland's Jazz House Christmas special, in which they played along with Pat Kane of Hue and Cry.
The band is well rehearsed, with excellent players and outstanding soloists, and has a varied repertoire including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Nestico, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr, Michael Buble, Buddy Rich, Count Basie and Benny Goodman, among others. The EP that the band recently recorded includes one piece featuring their female vocalist, Seonaid Aitken of Rose Room and two pieces featuring Stephen Duffy - one of, if not the, top male vocalist in Scotland, and also the presenter for the BBC Jazz House.
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Strike Up the Band - Sammy Nestico
Basie Straight Ahead - Count Basie
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Where or When - Frank Sinatra
Blue Skies - Irving Berlin
Brasilia - Sammy Nestico
Moanin - Quincy Jones
Shiny Stockings - Count Basie
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
Moondance - Michael Buble version
I Get a Kick Out of You - Cole Porter
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
Let the Good Times Roll - Ray Charles
Can't Take my Eyes off of you - Frankie Valli
In the Mood - the Tonight Show Band version
Sing Sing Sing - Benny Goodman