about the band

The Right Music For Your Event

The Smooth Groove is a dynamic London based band that cater’s for any function – corporate entertainment, a funky dance band or private wedding entertainment. In the Dance Party line up The Smooth Groove become not only a great musical outfit, but a high energy and spectacular dance band with a lighting show and choreographed horn section dance moves. We do want you to get involved, be entertained, have fun, sing and dance.

Our experienced professional musicians have played with bands such as The Rolling Stones and Karen Harding and venues such as Wembley Stadium, indigO2, O2Arena and The Kensington Roof Gardens. Most members have also performed on European tours through UK, France, Italy and Russia. Our lead vocalists are also actresses with great stage presence and have starred in films and been shortlisted for BAFTA’s

Visit our Packages page to find the right line up and style to suit. Every line up is filled with movement and energy which has made The Smooth Groove one of the most sort after acts in the UK. Having performed as a covers band over several years in Sydney and the UK we have developed a long list of cover tunes that will keep the dance floor going for your whole event.

We are experienced in corporate entertainment counting many well known brands as past and existing clients. For first timers and future clients, you’ll find loads of information about The Smooth Groove throughout our site and please complete your enquiry here.

  • Lawrence
    /keys
    Trinity Laban Bachelor of Music, West End Keyboardist and Music Director
  • Nano Sigo
    / guitarist
    Bachelor of Music – UWL, Master of Arts – Music Industry Management. Career Highlights: 5 European Tours in UK, France, Italy, West Russia & Austria with Various Artists. Festivals Played: Boomtown Fair, Standon Calling, Shambala Festival, Secret Garden Party, Fieldview, Les Mouillotins.
  • Marco Cristaudo
    / Drummer
    Bachelor of Music, International Touring Drummer through Europe, Music Director
  • James Lawrence
    / Trombone
    Bachelor of Music, Recording artist on vocals and trombone, proficient in Jazz, Ska, Funk, Classical
  • David Kyle Payne
    / Bass Guitar
    Karen Harding (Top 10 recording artist with Capitol Records), Nina Nesbitt (Top 40 recording artist with Universal), Ben Haenow (X-Factor UK Winner 2014), Joe McElderry (X Factor UK Winner 2009), Artists I’ve worked with: Venues I have played: O2 Arena, Hammersmith Apollo, KOKO, Roundhouse Festivals I have played: Glastonbury, Lovebox,Wireless, T In The Park
  • Yelfris Valdes
    / trumpeter
    Bachelor of Music, Tours internationally for European and South American Acts
  • Olivia Chappell
    / vocals
    Olivia is an actress and singer born and bred in London. She has sung with a range of artists and groups from Amy Studt to the YouTube hit show choir The Adam Street Singers. She’s performed at venues such as The Troubadour, Harrogate Cathedral, Her Majesty’s Theatre, and festivals such as Festibelly. As well as performing, she composes in a myriad of genres with her songwriting partner Jessica Sharman. Aside from singing, Olivia’s acting work has won her several Best Actress awards and nominations at international Film Festivals, and the last short film she produced was shortlisted for a BAFTA.
  • Jaime Gibson
    / saxophone
    "Music is the art of manipulating emotion through sound” and that is what TSG focuses on through music, movement and lighting. Jaime started The Smooth groove in Sydney in 2002 with Paull Betts and it quickly grew to be the go to band around Australia for corporate functions and parties. Regular clients include Toyota, Queen Victoria Building, ING and many governments institutions. Jaime is a Music Director and Saxophonist for TSG and heads up the Music Department at Hammersmith Academy, London.