Guitarist Frank Jackson is an important part of the instrumental music scene in Richmond, Virginia. Since 2001 he has been holding forth on a weekly basis at local venues, such as the Cary Street Cafe and Alley Katz, as a member of a quintet called the Modern Groove Syndicate. All indicators point toward this being a butt-shaking band, pastiching styles such as funk, jazz, Latin, soul and hip-hop. The group also features players such as trombonist Pete Anderson and tenor saxophonist J.C. Kuhl, a name that almost too cool to be real.
In interviews, various members of the Modern Groove Syndicate also known as MSG (but apparently not inducing bouts of Chinese neck syndrome with its music) mention expected influences such as P-Funk and the Brecker Brothers. The name of avant-garde composer and philosopher John Cage also shows up, indicating that there might be "head" aspects mixed in with the funk that this group creates. Modern Groove Syndicate released its first self-titled CD in 2001. The six compositions on this recording are credited to a quartet of writers including Jackson, drummer Joel DeNunzio, bassist Todd Herrington, and keyboardist Daniel Clarke. Jackson has been identified as "Frank Johnson" in at least one article about the band, yet only one paragraph later, he is referenced accurately. Perhaps this is the Cage influence, commenting on the randomness of musicians' names.