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Carl Grubbs

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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Sax, alto


Gwynn Oak, MD

Willing to teach



Private lessons available by appointment

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