Carl Grubbs

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: July 27, 1944    

Carl Grubbs alto, soprano and tenor saxophonist, is a native of Philadelphia, PA.

He received early training from John Coltrane, who was married to his cousin, Naima. Through his family he was close to many of the history-making musicians of the 1950’s and 60’s. He was a guest soloist at the Philadelphia performance of Reggie Workman’s current project “African Brass”, a tribute to John Coltrane.

Carl’s career can best be described as one of diversity; composer, performer, teacher, leader, recording artist and presenter. With his late brother, Earl Grubbs he formed the Visitors, a quintet that recorded for Muse record label in the early 1970’s. Carl is a former member of the Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet; this group toured the United States and Europe performing two productions; Hemphill’s Long Tongues:...
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2009 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize 2009 Rosa Pryor Scholarship Fund 2009 Baltimore Magazine – Best Jazz Musician 1995 Baltimore Magazine – Best Jazz CD 1987 – National Endowment for the Arts – Performance grant for the DC Jazz Workshop Orchestra 1983 – National Endowment for the Arts/Rouse Company & Harborplace Merchants Association – Performance grant for Concerts and Workshops at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD Affiliations: Chamber Music America, AFM – Musician Union, BMI
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Primary InstrumentSax, alto

LocationGwynn Oak, MD

Willing to teachBeginners

Credentials/BackgroundPrivate lessons available by appointment

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