Chicago Groove Collective

  • Derrick Procell

    Vocals, harmonica, piano

    A native of Milwaukee, Derrick Procell started his professional career at age sixteen in Nashville. A triple-threat on vocals, piano and harmonica, Procell is a veteran of the Chicago nightclub scene where he has been the lead singer for many of Chicago’s top bands. His voice has been featured in TV and Radio commercials for Ford, McDonald’s Sears and Subway, as well as numerous TV shows such as Boston Legal, Criminal Minds and My Name is Earl. An award-winning songwriter as well as performer, Derricks music has been recorded by a variety of musicians such as the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Melissa Manchester.

    “He’s an incredible guy to have in front of the band,” says nationally known band leader Bobby Schiff. “He has amazing energy and his singing stops people in their tracks. But he’s also a real pro who is easy to work with and really conscientious.”

  • Lina Wass

    Vocals

    Born and raised in Chicagoland, Lina has been singing and studying vocal performance for most of her life and started singing in church at age 3. She later received a B.F.A. in musical theater at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and continued training in New York City. She has performed in regional and Chicago theaters including, Aint MisBehavin at the Goodman Theater in downtown Chicago. Her favorite performances include Rent, Cabaret, Company, Ragtime, and grooving to the popular 1950s songs in Smokey Joes Cafe. She has also been seen in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donnie Osmond. Her voice has taken her to Europe as well as singing the National Anthem for both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. She has sung with bands regionally and continutes to sing in church as a worship leader at Harvest Bible Chapel Chicago.

  • Aaron McEvers

    Saxophone

    After completing graduate studies at the prestigious Eastman School of Music and working two years as a musical director with Carnival Cruise Lines, this Detroit-born saxophonist, arranger, and composer moved to Chicago in 1999. Now settled in the city, Aaron performs and writes for an array of musical organizations, including his own 13-piece ensemble, M13. Equally at home playing alto, tenor, soprano saxophone and flute, Aaron has performed throughout the United states, Europe and the Caribbean. He currently teaches music theory and jazz saxophone at the Merit School of Music and performs regularly at Quenchers and the Green Mill in Chicago.

  • Robert Baglione

    Guitar

    Chicago-based guitarist, Robert Baglione, received his first guitar when he was 13 years old. His creative upbringing influenced his love for and ability to play a wide variety of musical styles from Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop, and Soul to ethnic genres such as Flamenco, Greek and Irish music. At the tender age of 16 he began playing with professional bands and has not stopped since. Robert attended Triton College where he was taught by Jazz guitarist, Stu Pierce, who also taught Terry Kath of Chicago fame. He has played at clubs and concerts across the nation and worked with artists such as the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, R&B Vocalist CeCe Penniston, Victor Wooten from Bela Fleck and Flecktones, and Bernard Purdie of Steely Dan, to name just a few. He has also worked in theater playing for shows like The Blues Brothers Revival and The Color Purple with Oprah Winfrey.

  • Mike Harvey

    Vocals

    A well-respected veteran of the studio scene, Chicago Groove Collective vocalist Mike Harvey got his start singing jingles and background on gospel records in the early 90’s in Chicago. His accomplishments include singing backup for a number of award-winning artists including Seal, Sting, Sheryl Crow, and Billy Joel at Carnegie Hall’s “Rain Forest Benefit.”

    Mike also appears on albums for artists that include Zap Mama, Nancy Wilson, Luther Vandross, Steely Dan, Matthew Morrison, Ricky Martin, Linda Eder, and Randy Brecker just to name a few.

    Mike has also worked as an off-camera booth singer for NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ and has appeared on-camera in a recurring skit on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallonl’ He has also produced other artists CD’s and projects including True Nature’s self-titled EP, and most recently vocal production on Stacie Rose’s “Alter Ego” CD.

  • Frank Check

    Drums

    Frank Check was raised in a multicultural area outside of Chicago where he was exposed to Rock, Jazz, Funk, Gospel and World music. He began playing drums at the age of two and by age twelve he had his first gig with Elliot Wimbush at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Frank has earned many awards as a jazz soloist, as well as the First Choir Award from Instrumentalist Magazine, three Woody Herman Jazz Awards, The John Phillip Sousa Award and the prestigious Semper Fidelis Award from the United State Marine Corp. Frank finished his Master of Music degree in World Percussion at Northern Illinois University and played with The Shadows of Knight, the 1960s rock group famous for their rendition of the song Gloria. Frank has played across the United States, Canada, England, France and South Korea and currently teaches percussion and steal band at Waubonsee Community College.

  • Jim Cerceo

    Bass

    When not playing bass, Chicago native, Jim Cerceo, is a producer and composer whose successes include scoring music for A&Es hit show, American Justice and appearing on NBCs The Today Show. Jim has performed at many venues including Soldier Field, Grant Part, the United Center, Fox Theater and McCormick Place. As a graduate of the University of Miami, he studied Studio Music and Jazz.

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Chicago Groove Collective

The revitalized Chicago Groove Collective combines sizzling, soulful vocals with a powerful, driving rhythm section to create the perfect union of modern and timeless sounds. This enthusiastic and entertaining party band has versatility unmatched by any other wedding band in Chicago; whether they are playing the current radio dance hits, laid-back jazz and R&B, or harmonica-infused rock, blues and country tunes, there is no way you can’t dance to the Chicago Groove Collective.

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