Custom Groove performs great jazz tunes by the likes of Bob James, Jeff Lorber, Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangione, Grover Washington, and The Crusaders along with arrangements of select pop tunes and a smattering of classic jazz tunes.


 John Rispoli (drums)   Tom Pelton (trumpet, flugelhorn)


Ed Morcaldi (bass)   


Loren Evarts (Keys, vocals)   


The band

Loren Evarts (keyboard & vocals) has performed professionally in the CT area in a variety of musical situations for over 40 years. During his career he has been fortunate to have been involved in performances with artists such as Dave Weckl (Chick Corea), Gerry Neiwood (Chuck Mangione), Everett Silver (Chuck Mangione), Aaron Copland, Dave Brubeck, Eddie Bert, Mike Davis (Rolling Stones), Don Elliot, Mo Snyder, Bill Reichenbach, Billy Hart, Danny Stiles (Bill Watrous), Sonny Costanzo, Fred  Vigdor (Average White Band), and Rhonda Larson (Paul Winter Consort.) Loren has recorded 4 albums of original music, two produced by Will Ackerman of Windham Hill fame, and has done studio work for numerous artists.

John Rispoli (drums) received his BS degree in Music Education from Southern Connecticut State University and has been teaching and playing professionally for over 25 years. Some live and studio performances include Axiom Jazz Quartet, The Convertibles, Street Temperature, Sonny Costanza, Les Julian (Parents Choice Award for Children's Music), Jonathan Edwards, Bobby Buster, Dan Cipriano (Wilson Pickett), Funky Butt Jazz Band, Jeff Pevar (Ricki Lee Jones, James Taylor) and Marvin Stamm ( Paul McCartney.) His studies in acoustic and electronic music include sessions with Ed Soph, Jim Mola, David Garibaldi, James Stavris, Rick Liso Nick Forte and Peter Erskine.

Ed Morcaldi (bass)

Tom Pelton (trumpet, flugelhorn)


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