By Britt Bickel

When you listen to his music, you immediately get why saxophonist Euge Groove goes by his funktacular name, but how did he come up with this perfectly fitting title?

Using a play on words of his real name, Steven Eugene Grove, it evolved into his well-known artist moniker Euge Groove partly in joke. In an interview with The WAVE’s Pat Prescott, Euge explains that he decided to try out his nickname Euge, given to him by his mother-in-law, when he first started out as an artist.

“I said I’m not going to go under my God-given name, I’m going to try this clever little thing just to be different almost as a joke,” said Euge. “Be careful what you wish for because then it stuck…and I just started rolling with it and having fun with the name. It’s given me a lot of creativity.”

One of those creative play on words is featured as the title of his eighth studio album, House Of Groove, which features Euge’s signature funky style and dynamic melodies that keep listeners grooving from start to finish.

Fans of Euge can also hear Euge playing as part of the Three Tenors with fellow saxophonists Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright. Their sax trio is another play on words of the popular opera trio that featured Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti.

You can catch the Three Tenors perform live this Saturday, Feb. 9 at Long Beach Convention Center’s Terrace Theater. For tickets and more information, click here.

We caught up with more from Euge from his Three Tenors collaboration to his new album in the complete interview pieces below!

Part 1: Euge Groove talks about how he came up with his name and new album, House Of Groove, available now.

Part 2: Euge talks about the collaboration Three Tenors with Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright. Click here to listen to Pat’s interview with Richard Elliot.

“Everybody’s style are really so different, that it keeps it interesting I think,” said Euge.

Part 3: Euge talks about past collaborations and which artists he dreams of working with next.

Having worked with the likes of Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, The Crusaders and Tower of Power in the past, Euge feels blessed to have such an accomplished career. Yet still there are dozens of artists Euge would like to collaborate with in the future, including John Mayer and a new artist Jose James.

“I’ve had such an amazing, storied career over the years, I kinda sit back and look at it and pinch myself sometimes,” said Euge. ”

Watch the video for his title cut “House Of Groove” below.


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