Lesley discovered the joy of making music with kids when her first child was born in Brooklyn in 1996. Groove Family Music has twice received Westchester Magazine's Best of Westchester Award for Best Kids' Class, as well as countless accolades from parenting publications and real live parents, too! Lesley has a BMA in voice from the University of Michigan and a MFA in Arts Management from Brooklyn College. Before founding Groove, Lesley served as Director of Development for Jazz at Lincoln Center (with Wynton Marsalis), Playwrights Horizons and BRIC/Celebrate Brooklyn. She is the proud mama of two 20-somethings who make music.
Fun Fact: Lesley sang with Peter Paul and Mary on The Phil Donahue Show in 1989.
Happy to welcome Jake back into the Groove band after a brief hiatus. Jake is a New York based multi-instrumentalist/songwriter who is currently splitting time between his two bands Imposters and The Bluechips. His love of creative audio production, emotionally driven lyrics, and catchy melodies have shaped a unique signature sound similarly heard in his other projects.
(on leave 2022)
Brittany’s love of music began at an early age- with a hairbrush as a microphone and stuffed animals as her audience! A native of Georgia, Brittany performed in musical theatre throughout her youth in Georgia and northern California. After graduating from The University of Georgia with a BA in International Affairs, Brittany moved to NYC. When not at Groove or with her family, Brittany is the Chairperson of the Komansky Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council at New York Presbyterian- Weill Cornell.
Jesse plays lead guitar and bass for the NYC-based band Dolly Spartans with whom he has performed at Mercury Lounge, Highline Ballroom, Rockwood Music Hall, Shea Stadium/Bklyn, Webster Hall and venues across the country. Jesse interned at record label Captured Tracks and at Shea Stadium, both in Brooklyn. Fun fact: Jesse's dad took him to David Weinstone’s Music for Aardvarks classes in NYC from 1996-2000.