Primary Instrument: Bass
Justin Grinnell is a San Diego-based freelance musician and music educator. A versatile acoustic and electric bassist, Justin performs frequently with several jazz-influenced groups. In addition to leading his own jazz quartet, Justin is a member of the Brazilian Jazz-inspired Danny Green Trio who won the 2009 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album for their debut CD. Their sophomore release, A Thousand Ways Home, was recently nominated for a 2013 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album. In addition to performing, Justin maintains an active teaching schedule as adjunct faculty at Grossmont College and University of San Diego, as faculty for the Jazz 88.3-House of Blues Annual Summer Jazz Workshop, and as a private instructor. He also serves as an adjudicator and clinician at local jazz festivals. Justin received his Master's Degree in Jazz Performance from San Diego State University and recently began his doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. Besides studying privately with Los Angeles' first-call jazz bassist, Darek Oles, Justin's enrollment at USC has already given him the opportunity to study with internationally-recognized jazz artists Peter Erskine, Russ Ferrante, Bob Mintzer, and Alan Pasqua.
San Diego, CA
Justin Grinnell is currently teaching at Grossmont College (Music Theory I & The History of Jazz) and University of San Diego (Jazz Ensemble).