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Jerry Granelli

Born: December 30, 1940    Primary Instrument: Percussion

Jerry Granelli

The past decades have been good to Jerry Granelli.

Jazz Times magazine calls Granelli “one of those uncategorizable veteran percussionists who's done it all.” A Canadian citizen since 1999, Granelli burns with an intensity fuelled by a passion for “the pursuit of the spirit of spontaneity which drives the player.” A veteran of the West Coast jazz scene, Granelli's recent flourish of recordings has documented remarkable collaborations between the generations.

Jerry Granelli's story is one that follows the evolution of the West Coast jazz scene. Born in 1940 in San Francisco, the boy recognized his passion in 1948 when he spent a day with Gene Krupa. Hanging out during the 50s in San Francisco nightclubs like the Blackhawk and Jimbo’s Bop City, soaking in the sounds of Ellington, Miles, Max Roach and Monk, his passion grew, eventually leading him to Dave Brubeck drummer Joe Morello. After two years as Morello's star pupil, Granelli became a highly sought-after session player, eventually playing, recording and touring with the Vince Guaraldi Band. He provides the unmistakable steady swing beats for the classic Charlie Brown “Peanuts” theme song....
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”The Sonic Temple is one of those rare collective improvisations that can at times sound fully composed... Honestly, prepare to be amazed, because it's that good.” --Mark Saleski

“V16 is simply responding to the myriad of influences that make one night different from the next for a group that's clearly out on a limb with every performance. There may be no safety nets for V16, but The Sonic Temple simply proves that Jerry Granelli and his younger cohorts don’t need one.” --John Kelman, All About Jazz

“Four Stars” --Downbeat

“Granelli remains one of the best working drummers in any genre of music, but the band’s just as fine--this is an electric-guitar quartet unlike any other.” --Paul Olson, All About Jazz

“This is precision, this is punch, this is real exploratory music that cannot really be held down by anything. It is free, but it ain’t free jazz. It is just freed of all our bourgeois expectations. Best jazz album of the year so far...” --Matt Cibula, All About Jazz

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