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Henry Grimes

Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Born: November 3, 1935    

Henry Grimes

The Miraculous Return of the Great Henry Grimes!

Master jazz musician (acoustic bass, violin) HENRY GRIMES has played more than 550 concerts in 29 countries (including many festivals) since 2OO3, when he made his astonishing return to the music world after 35 years away. He was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended the Mastbaum School and Juilliard. As a youngster in the '5O's and early '6O's, he came up in the music playing and touring with Willis “Gator Tail” Jackson, Arnett Cobb, “Bullmoose” Jackson, “Little” Willie John, and a number of other great R&B / soul musicians; at Juilliard he played classical music on bass with the opera orchestra and studied with the great Fred Zimmermann, principal bassist of the New York Philharmonic; but drawn to jazz, he went on to play, tour, and record with many great jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, and Rev. Frank Wright. ...
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Awards

Henry Grimes has received many honors in recent years, including four Meet the Composer grants and a grant from the Acadia Foundation, and he has been honored for his outstanding musicianship by many publications and organizations (designated "best of," etc).
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    Purity

    Axiom
    2012
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    Spirits Aloft

    Axiom
    2010
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    Henry Grimes Solo

    Axiom
    2009
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    Going To The Ritual

    Porter Records
    2009
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    Going To The Ritual

    Axiom
    2008
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    Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival

    Ayler Records
    2005

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"Spirits Aloft"

Porter Records (2010)

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If only for the Ann Arbor debut of the legendary and recently rediscovered bassist Henry Grimes, the closing night of Edgefest [Oct., 'O5] would be deemed an overwhelming success. As if making up for the lost decades, Grimes, rarely playing at less than an eighth-note pace, gently prodded reedman Andrew Lamb and drummer Newman Taylor Baker through a handful of insistent yet meditative suites that found plenty of room for all three players to shine. That the trio rarely rose above a whisper didn't take away from its intensity; rather, with Grimes furnishing mantra-like foundations both with his fingers and a bow, Baker and Lamb were able to overlay their own invocations, creating an almost chamber-music-like vibe in the intimate venue...

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Primary Instrument:Bass, acoustic

Location:New York, NY

Willing to teach:Beginners

Credentials/Background:

Henry Grimes has taught workshops and master classes and / or held residencies at Berklee College of Music, City College of New York, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Bard College, Mills College (invited by Roscoe Mitchell), CalArts (invited by Wadada Leo Smith), Hamilton College of the Arts, Scuole Brusio and Scuole Poschiavo in Switzerland (Uncool Festival), second-grade students at the Carlucci School in Sintra, Portugal (see some very dear photos and commentary at www.caislisbon.org/about.cfm?subpage=698), JazzInstitut Darmstadt, and the University of Gloucester at Cheltenham, U.K., among others, all within the past five years...

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