AMANDA MONTONE

AMANDA MONTONE (VOCALS)

Amanda has been singing since she was 8 years old and brings an amazing voice to the Uptown Groove's Funk/Soul/Jazz style. Influenced by vocal greats such as Celine Dion and Renee Fleming, Amanda studied voice and operatic performance at Houghton College. She completed her Masters at Nazareth College in Music Therapy, for which she performs regularly on piano, guitar and voice. Amanda is also an accomplished violinist and is featured as the lead "voice" in the Uptown Groove's Tango Trio that is resident at the Tango Cafe weekly.
   


SEAN CONLON

SEAN CONLON (BASS)

Sean graduated from the Crane School of Music with his Bachelorís degree in Music Education. Sean has studied jazz with great teachers including Bob Stata, John Viavattine and Bret Zvacek. He has had the pleasure of playing with numerous groups in the Rochester area. Sean has opened for national acts in the northeast such as Average White Band, Little Feat, Sonny Landreth and the Subdudes. His musical influences include Jaco Pastorius, Victor Wooten, Frank Zappa, Stanley Clarke, Jerry Garcia, Charles Mingus, etc. In addition to performing, Sean teaches bass, guitar, piano, drums, brass and music theory privately in the Rochester area.
   


JIMMY GRILLO

JIMMY GRILLO (DRUMS)

Jimmy began playing at the age of 2 by listening to the Beatles with his father Joe Grillo, who is also a local Rochester drummer. Through adolescence and young adult hood, Jimmy was involved with all music programs available in the East Irondequoit school district. This included Concert, Jazz and Marching Band. He expanded his Marching Band experience with drum corps during his teens while marching with the Rochester Patriots, Empire Statesmen and Rhythm X Percussion performance ensemble. Through Rhythm X, Jimmy was able to travel throughout Europe to teach clinics focused on the American approach to indoor percussion, which was sponsored by Dynasty Drum Company. Jimmy then studied Jazz with John Nyerges at Monroe Community College and earned his Associates, while minoring in music. Jimmy than began to focus on his live performance career starting with the Rochester based live electronica group RootsCollider which has played national clubs and festivals such as Camp Bisco, Waterstreet Music Hall, the Westcott theater and Sullivan Hall. Jimmy is now involved with many projects based out of Rochester, NY including Half Monkey, The Blackened Blues, The Younger Gang, Orange Sky and Big Eyed Phish as well as being on call for live performance and session work. Jimmy resides in the city of Rochester.
   


CASEY MACFARLANE

CASEY MACFARLANE (SAX)

Casey graduated from the Eastman School of Music with his Bachelorís and Masterís degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Education. After performing on cruise ships for a total of 14 months, Casey played with Half Ton Horns and shortly after was introduced to Tony Padilla and began playing with Latin Vibes, Caliente, and Tumbo. Casey performed in the Puerto Rican festivals in both 2005 and 2008, arranging for the Latin Vibes appearance in 2008. You can still find Casey performing salsa, merengue, and cha-cha with these groups some Saturday nights at Tapas Lounge and recently, in November, 2010, Casey was honored with the opportunity to play with the Mambo Kings, Upstate New Yorkís foremost Latin Jazz ensemble. His main influences have been Seamus Blake, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane. Casey does his best to balance his time between his passion for live performance and his dedication to teaching music in the Greece Central School District.
   


SETH SEALFON

SETH SEALFON (GUITAR)

Seth has been playing guitar for over 20 years. He has been a member of various Rock, Jazz and Groove Rock Bands in Rochester over the past 15 years. Although "brought up" on Rock and Roll, Seth enjoys studying/performing Jazz. Jazz influences include Jim Hall, Joe Pass, Ed Bickert, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, Bill Evans, Chet Baker, etc. Seth has played with local acts such as The Brad Batz Group, Jazz Contingent Big Band, Jazz Frequency Quartet, The Half Ton Horns, M.Six, Up 2 Somethin' and the Al Chez Brothers of Funk Big Band.

      Published by Uptown Groove Music, 2011