The Grand Central Band was an Auckland-based soul/funk/blues band formed in 1997 by Jazz Singer Chris Melville. The band moved through several different line-ups, and over the years employed and guested around 70 different musicians and celebrities. The band's regular performance at the Grand Central Bar in Ponsonby, Auckland, extended to 17 years, earning them a reputation as an 'institution' and a 'go-to gig' for other musicians and music students. The Grand Central Band released their first album Cook Street Sessions (Rhythmworks) in 2000, produced by Eddie Rayner, and had favourable reviews. The album sold out. The band then self-produced their second album Brightest Star (Rhythmworks) and again had some excellent national reviews. This was also a sellout album. They disbanded in August 2014.