Phil Grenadier Bio
Born in San Francisco, California trumpeter Phil Grenadier hails from a musical family. His father shared his passion for the trumpet, his brother Larry turned to bass and his brother Steve developed a love for guitar. The Grenadier brothers grew up playing music together, starting in their home, school band and various other bands before graduating to such renowned festivals as The Monterey Jazz Festival, The Russian River Jazz Festival and The San Francisco Jazz Festival. At the age of 17 both Downbeat magazine and California Music Educators Association voted Phil Best Jazz Soloist.”
At 16 Phil entered his professional music career, performing in San Francisco as a sideman in the jazz, commercial and recording worlds alongside such famed artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Tony Bennett, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Dionne Warwick and Steve Smith's Vital Information.
In 1988 Phil moved to New York City to soak up inspiration from some of the greatest musicians in the world. Phil was invited to teach jazz trumpet at The Mannes College of Music, and recorded as a sideman for Blue Note Records on two Bo b Belden CD's, as well as recording for drummer Owen Howard's two CD's on Koch, featuring Chris Potter and Seamus Blake.
In 1995 Phil relocated to Boston where he currently resides playing, traveling, recording and teaching. He has released two CD's as a leader for Fresh Sound/New Talent, Sweet Transients featuring Ethan Iverson and Bill Stewart, as well as Playful Intentions featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jeff Ballard.