Steven Eugene Grove (born November 27, 1962), better known as Euge Groove, is an American smooth jazz saxophonist with a strong Top-40 background. He began playing piano in the second grade and turned to the saxophone at the age of nine or ten.
Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, he graduated from the University of Miami School of Music in 1984. A rather late-bloomer in the genre, Grove did not record his first solo album until 2000. Prior to that, he had replaced Richard Elliot in the Tower of Power when Elliot decided to pursue a solo career, and he also did session work with various pop acts, most noticeably the Miami girl group Exposé. He has a sax solo on their #1 hit “Seasons Change,” and another on their 1993 hit “I’ll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me).” Following this experience, he freelanced, doing sessions and working in backup bands, his clients including Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, the Gap Band, Huey Lewis & the News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Eros Ramazotti, and Richard Marx. His saxophone appeared on Marx’s Top 20 pop and number one AC hit “Keep Coming Back” in 1991.
Grove adopted the name Euge Groove, which consists of a shortening of his middle name and a very frequent mispronunciation of his last. While initially it was presumed to be coined by fans who saw him perform in Europe, Grove later indicated in an interview on XM Radio during the summer of 2006 that his Mother-in-Law conceived the idea for his stage name.
Euge Groove’s best-known solo hits include “Sneak a Peek,” “Slam Dunk,” “Rewind,” “Don’t let me be lonely tonight,” “Livin’ Large” and “XXL.” His most recent hits include “Get ‘Em Going” and “Chillaxin’.” Solid albums include; Born 2 Groove (2006), Livin’ Large (2004) and Play Date (2002). He has recently released another album, titled “Sunday Morning.” In 2008 he went on Tour with the legendary Tina Turner. He followed up with 2002′s Play Date featuring the singles “Slam Dunk” and “Rewind.” In 2004, Grove moved to Narada for the ’70s pop-soul inflected Livin’ Large. Grove stuck with the ’70s vibe for 2005′s Just Feels Right and then incorporated a more gospel approach for 2007′s Born 2 Groove. He moved to Shanachie for 2009′s Sunday Morning. In 2011, Grove returned with his seventh studio effort, the fittingly titled Seven Large on Shanachie.
Grove has three children; Dax, Canyon, and Lilah Belle. Dax and Canyon Grove have graduated high school and are currently in college. Lilah Grove goes to a private Lutheran School and is starting eighth grade this year. Grove is married to his beautiful wife, Bane.