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The Groove Kitchen band was created by me
The Groove Kitchen band was created by me, Ed Mays. I began playing piano and singing at the age of nine and took up drums in 1967 and have toured the US and Canada many times, playing with such notables as NW rock-n-roll legend Tiny Tony and backing many great female vocalists such as Diana Ruiz, LJ Porter, and So. Texas Blues great Trudy Lynn. I have literally played in hundreds of bands. I began teaching drums professionally over 20 years ago and have taught at several local music stores as well as many schools. I currently teach at my house, and the A Sharp Music Co.
  Stacey at 99 Seattle native, Stacey Israel has been singing since the age of five. She honed her powerful voice singing Gospel. She is a former model as well as a prolific songwriter and she got her start in the early 90s singing R&B and Hip Hop releasing her first album and video entitled “Do Ya” using the full version of her name 'Anastasia'. She has been working in the studio ever since and is currently working on several album projects. In addition to her astonishing, world class vocals, she has stunning looks and amazing stage presence.

A seasoned entertainer, originally from Arizona. Jude Contreras has been playing and singing in a variety of Funk, R-n-B, Classic Rock, and Blues bands in the Seattle area Since 2000.  Playing sax as a kid, he was heavily influenced by the likes of Earth Wind and Fire, Grover Washington Jr., and Tower of Power, to name a few. Those styles now fused with guitar influences of Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jimmy Page, etc. creates a unique style of soul and grit that translates to electrified fun.

The most recent member to join the band is the “President” of funk, bass-man Marvin Shields Jr. A multi-instrumentalist who can play bass, guitars, drums, and sing, Marvin is also highly sought after and his mastery of style gives the band the “old skool” funk sound we need but he can play just about anything, thus maintaining the versatility that is the Groove Kitchen tradition.

Rounding out our ensemble is master keyboardist Yogi McCaw. I’ve been working with Yogi for over a decade, playing everything from Latin Jazz, Be-bop, Afro Beat, Blues, and Reggae to some forms of music that hadn’t yet been invented. Yogi is a composer and recording artist in his own right with several albums and film soundtrack credits to his name. Yogi gives us the full band sound needed to bring the band to life.
If you like the vintage 60s R&B big band sound a la James Brown/Tower of Power, we work with several of the finest horn players in town. Whether you like to dance or just sit back and be entertained, we know how to make your event a smash hit that you and your friends won't soon forget!

Partial list of Dance Songs

Sweet Dreams, Eurithmics

What Is Love, Haddaway

Rock Steady, Aretha Franklin

Get Lucky, Pharrell

Street Life, Randy Crawford

Havana, Camila Cabello

Let the Music Play, Shannon

Kiss, Prince 

Get Into the Groove, Madonna

Super Freak, Rick James

Proud Mary, Beyonce

Don’t Need No Doctor, John Mayer & John Scofield

Give Me One Reason, Tracy Chapman

Stitched Up, John Mayer

I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Whitney Houston

China Grove, Doobie Brothers

Three Little Birds, Bob Marley

Fever, Little Willie John

Messin With the Kid, Blues Bros.

Shining Star, Earth Wind & Fire

Ain’t Nobody, Chaka Khan

Tell Me Something Good, Chaka Khan

Let's Groove Tonight, Earth, Wind, and Fire

Get Down On It, Kool & The Gang

Cake By The Ocean, DNCE

Get Down Tonight, KC & The Sunshine Band

Teeny Little Bit, Etta James

Feelin Alright, Joe Cocker

Brick House, Commodores

Lady Marmalade, Labelle

100 Days 100 nights, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Superstition, Stevie Wonder

I Wish, Stevie Wonder

Fire, Pointer Sisters

Stir It Up, Bob Marley

I Love You More than You Will Ever Know, Amy Winehouse

Chain of Fools, Aretha Franklin

Late in the Evening, Paul Simon

RESPECT, Aretha Franklin

Right Place At the Wrong Time, Dr. John

Le Freak, Chic

I Can’t Go for That, Hall & Oats

At Last, Etta James

Lady’s Night, Kool & the Gang

Word Up, Cameo

I Don’t Know What to Say, Stacey Israel

Rock Wit You, Michael Jackson

Celebration, Kool & the Gang

Black Magic Woman, Santana

That’s the Way Love Goes, Janet Jackson

Get Down Tonight, KC & The Sunshine Band

I Need Your Lovin, Stacey Israel

Thrill is Gone, Jerry Garcia

Boogie Oogie, A Taste of Honey

Spoonful, Howlin’ Wolf

Smooth Operator, Sade

Thank You, Sly & The Family Stone

Get Up Offa That Thing, James Brown

Miss You, Rolling Stones

Soul Man, Atlanta Rhythm Section

Little Wing, Jimi Hendrix

Red House, Jimi Hendrix

T bone Shuffle, Johnny Winter

Pride and Joy, Stevie Ray Vaughan

Sissy Strut, The Meters

Mustang Sally, Wilson Pickett

Comin Home Baby, Michael Bublé

Europa, Santana

Spooky, Atlanta Rhythm Section

Oye Como Va, Santana

Brick House, The Commodores

Play That Funky Music White Boy, Wild Cherry

In the Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Allman Bros.

Cold Shot, Stevie Ray Vaughan

Blue Collar, Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Low Rider, War

Jazz Songs- The Groove Kitchen line up in Jazz mode can be tailored to suite just about any occasion and almost any jazz genre, so the songs will vary greatly, but these are some of our favorites:

Sabor- Salsa

Sentimental Mood

It Don’t Mean a Thing [If It Ain’t Got That Swing]

Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?

God Bless The Child

Girl From Iponima

Them There Eyes

Good Morning Heartache

Do It Again

What a Wonderful World

Save Your Love for Me 

One Note Samba

Sisters (color Purple)

Feel Like Making Love

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Guahira- cha cha

Killing Me Softly

One Note Samba - Samba


Sweet Georgia Brown

It's Too Darn Hot

I Got Rhythm

I Cried for You

Take the A Train

Round Midnight

Blue Monk

Little Sunflower

Ain’t Nobody’s Business

Autumn Leaves

Well You Needn’t

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        Dance/Party Band

Ed Mays Groove Kitchen is a red hot Seattle based dance/show band made up of some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest entertainers. We specialize in classic R&B in the tradition of Aretha Franklin, Sade, Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, The Supremes, & The Pointer Sisters. But because of our extensive backgrounds our repertoire is actually quite broad and can include vocal jazz, classic rock, blues & Reggae, Latin, etc. This comes in handy since much of our business is geared toward the private party and wedding market, it helps to have something for everybody. However which way you like it, we’ve got the groove that is going to make you dance. The band is built around our charming singer, Stacey Israel and our side men, veterans of hundreds of working bands have played on thousands of stages.​