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RARE GROOVE ORCHESTRA


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About

The Rare Groove Orchestra: groovy shit for the masses
Hammond funk band The Rare Groove Orchestra (RGO) was founded in The Hague (The Netherlands) in 2003.

Funk, soul and soul jazz are the main ingredients in this hot stew. Heavy doses of drums, deep bass grooves, gritty guitar hooks and grinding Hammond organ spice up the groove. Although the RGO doesn’t focus on the rare groove genre as such, the groove of the band is quite rare.

The band has toured extensively and has performed successfully at EuroJazz Mexico, Saint-Paul Soul Jazz - Hammond Funk and Raw Soul festival (France), Zug Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Jazz in Duketown, The Hague Jazz (NL) and various other venues and festivals world-wide.

In October 2007 the RGO released its first full scale album, simply called ‘The Rare Groove Orchestra’. The album received raving reviews world-wide. The much anticipated successor ‘The Man With the Dirty Finger’, recorded in 2008, was released early 2009.

Original member Felix Faassen (Hammond organ) left the band in 2009 to pursue other interests. He was first replaced by Rob Geboers (a.o. Soul Snatchers, AIFF) and followed by Govert van der Kolm (Organiced Crime, Soul Snatchers).

The Rare Groove Orchestra line-up:
Govert van der Kolm: Hammond organ
Luca Giordano: guitar & master of ceremonies
Ivar Zantinge: Fender bass
Dick de Zwart: drums

Discography:
EP 2 Cents (2004)
EP RGO (2006)
CD The Rare Groove Orchestra (2007)
CD The Man With the Dirty Finger (2008)

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Press

Press Kit
Download the complete press kit (3.5 MB), including a band biography (English / Nederlands), logos and a high resolution band photograph.
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Press Inqueries
For interviews, more high resolution pictures or any other inquiry, please contact us. Contact details can be found on the contact page.
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Praise for the RGO Album

  • Timothy Edwards, 2011: “On a scale from 1 to funky: extremely funky! This 14 tunes masterpiece is a must have for all you crazy jazzjunks and wacked groove diggers”.
  • BBC Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show, 2009: “These are seriously heavy tunes!”
  • Hammondbeat, 2007: “Soul-Jazz-Funk-Boogaloo-Groove: the 5 elements of the Hammond-odic table…The Rare Groove Orchestra (rgofunk.com) manage to squeeze all of this on paper, setting aural expectations high, high, high. Only 32 minutes to break your resolve, they beautifully overstuff the disc with that old-school production that the cool kids demand. [...] …a very big “little” record.”
  • KindaMuzik, 2007: “From the first to the last tone, your adrenaline level will be maximized by tight beats, fuzzy licks and the fat sound of Hammond. [...] One of the best remedies against dark and depressing winter nights.”
  • File Under, 2007: “A splashing groove-funk formation… [...]…screaming tracks, played with great balance. Felix Faassen knows how to bring the house down with his screaming Hammond.”
  • Charlie Bethel (Captain’s Crate), 2007: “The music sounds great! Raw & funky goodness.”
  • MusicFromNL, 2007: We were captivated by by the fat, juicy James Brown groove from the get-go. The fat Fender bass sound, the tight rhythms, the fast and funky guitar and the swirling Hammond sound bring us back to the heydays of The Meters. One thing is sure: you just have to dance to this music!”
  • Rundfunk, 2007: “The RGO has reinvented itself into a fierce funk band. [...]. With this album they have proven to be funkin’ with the best of them.”
  • PlayPaper, 2007: “Screaming guitars, sweaty drums and that great Hammond sound. [...] Raw and pure funk, the kind of stuff we would like to hear much more the coming years.
  • Funk-a-Flex, 2007: Raw, as we like it. [...] Great funk, with some room for boogaloo and stompin’ R&B.”

Praise for the RGO

  • Ongekendtalent.nl, Talent Of The Week, 2006: RGO plays honest and direct. [...] Very contagious and dancable funk music.”
  • VPRO 3VOOR12, The Hague, 2005: “RGO aims for the happy people.”
  • Stork on Air Magazine, 2005: “Keep an eye on the quartet that is named ‘Rare Groove Orchestra’. Those cats have a promising future.”

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Contact

This page enables you to send us an email. Please fill in all the fields below and press ’submit’. Just once will do. Please read the following lines before you proceed:

  • For bookings: please use contact form or contact RGO Management directly
    (address below).
  • Feedback, tips and suggestions are welcomed.
  • Please read the About page before you send us any questions regarding this site or the band.
  • We’ll do the best we can to answer your email as quick as possible.
  • We value your privacy. Therefore we handle all content opt-out (we can quote you, unless you explicitly ask us not to) and all identity issues opt-in (We don’t mention your name, unless you give us explicit permission to do so).

 

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Snail mail address:

RGO Management
For The Road management bookings promotions
Walter Wilhelm
Burgermeester Keestrasingel 24
4101 ZB Culemborg
The Netherlands
0031-6-141 99 130
walter@fortheroad.nl

direct phone Dick de Zwart
+31 (0)6 5123 1345
bookings@rgofunk.com

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Gig alert: May 26th, Jazz in Duketown, Cafe de Palm, Den Bosch

RGO and Jazz in DukeTown seems to be a match made in heaven. For the third consecutive time Rare Groove Orchestra travels to the capital of Brabant province to play at their annual Jazz Festival. The gig takes place at Saturday, may 26th at 21:30.

In the small but fabulous café De Palm, the hammond Funk of the RGO will mingle with the audience. If you want to be part of this intimate crowd, be sure to get to the café in time. Entrance is free.

See you there!

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