groove elation A fusion of Jazz, Blues, Funk, and Rock

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A Dayton Ohio Band

About The Band

Groove Elation is a relatively new band, though it’s members have all played locally in the Dayton Ohio area for years. Unexpectedly created for a performance at a Christmas party, the group decided to play blues and instrumental fusion jazz just for fun. After two short rehearsals, the performance was such a hit that the band opted to play a few more gig’s and follow the momentum.

Bassist Dan Connaughton grew up playing funk and R&B in the show band The London Fog with the Continentals.  He currently plays in Ira Stanley's Blues Power and tours exclusively with the Scotty Bratcher Band.

Jeffrey Friend been playing drums since he was 8 years old. He’s spent much of his life as a professional musician (he also plays guitar and keyboards) and made an early career as a local studio musician. He’s released 2 solo records and played with a number of area bands including The Mary Jane Band, Relic, Eldorado Brown, and currently with Southbound.

Mark Spahr has played keyboards in numerous musical projects in the Miami Valley since the late 1960’s. His many influences include Bill Payne from Little Feat, Nicky Hopkins, Chuck Leavell, Oscar Peterson, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, John Medeski, and many others in the Rock 'N' Roll, Soul and Jazz community of musicians.

Guitarist Lee Swisher developed an interest in the blues as a teenager learning from players such as Michael Bloomfield, Eric Clapton and Johnny Winter.  The Allman Brothers Band also became influential to his development.  Later, players like Robben Ford, John Scofield, Eric Johnson, Michael Landau and Oz Noy peaked his interest.  Lee plays currently with Ira Stanley, Blues Power, and Dixie Peach.