Harmony Grove

Harmony Grove is a musical project co-led by longtime collaborators Willie Sordillo and ZoŽ Krohne. Whether performing as a duo or augmented by additional musicians, they offer a diverse repertoire of original compositions and personal interpretations of both known and obscure songs from folk, jazz, Latin and pop origins. Their mission is to entertain while presenting a vision which offers hope, joy and possibility in an often troubled world.

Over the past 10 years, ZoŽ and Willie have performed in a variety of settings as a duo, in groups they have led, and as members of the RPS Band, the Marlene Jazz Ensemble, and Four Corners. Locally, they have performed multiple times at the Framingham Concerts on the Green series, at the Framingham Public Library and at Framingham State University. In addition, they have led the music for over 500 jazz worship services in Boston and beyond.

Vocalist ZoŽ Krohne began her professional career at age 17, performing regularly as a singer/songwriter throughout the Midwest. During those years, she pursued a degree in music performance while contributing to various local bands ranging in styles from roots Americana and blues to rock and folk. For over 10 years, ZoŽ served as song-leader for the weekly Jazz Worship service at Old South Church in Copley Square in Boston and was music director for that service following Willie Sordilloís retirement from that role. She has been the vocalist for many events including Bostonís Pride celebration with Sen. Elizabeth Warren as special guest, twice for the ďService of ResiliencyĒ which was planned annually for the survivors of the Boston Marathon tragedy, an inter-faith service of healing held at Trinity Church after the election results in 2016 and twice for Mass General Hospitalís annual Black History Month celebration.

Alto saxophonist and guitarist Willie Sordillo has been performing professionally for over 40 years, working extensively as a freelance player, a member of several bands, and leading his own ensembles. As a member of the Latin American ensemble, Flor de CaŮa, he is a multiple Boston Music Awards winner. Performing in concerts and festivals throughout North America and internationally, Willieís original compositions have appeared in numerous song books, magazines and college texts and on his own and other artistsí recordings.

He has contributed music to several films, and an arrangement to the television show ER. He has performed with or opened shows for Pete Seeger, Ruben Blades, Kurt Elling, Richie Havens, Avery Sharpe and Tito Puente, among others. He served as Music Director for Jazz Worship at Old South Church in Boston for 18 years and regularly brings jazz to churches throughout Massachusetts as well as playing in a variety of other settings as both a leader and a sideman.

Here's a live performance of a stunningly beautiful composition by Gregory Porter called Take Me to the Alley performed by ZoŽ, Willie and pianist Marlene del Rosario at the Federated Church of Orleans. (The song starts about 3 minutes into the video.)

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