Name Don Grusin
|Born April 22, 1941 (age 74)
Denver, Colorado, United States (1941-04-22) |
Role Songwriter · dongrusin.com
Movies Don Grusin: The Hang, Lee Ritenour: Live in Montreal with Special Guests
Parents Rosabelle Grusin, Henri Grusin
Albums The Hang, Sticks and Stones, Missa Gaia/Earth Mass, Miho: Journey to the Mount, Earthbeat
Don Grusin - The Hang • 2004 [Full Concert]
Don Grusin (born April 22, 1941) is an American jazz keyboardist, composer, and record producer. He is the younger brother of Dave Grusin.
Don Grusin grew up in Denver, Colorado. His father, a native of Latvia, was a classical violinist. His brother, Dave Grusin, is a pianist, record producer, and co-founder of GRP Records. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in economics. In the early 1970s, he was an economics professor in Guadalajara, Mexico. Soon after, he taught economics at Foothills College in California.
Grusin performed in Bogota, Colombia as a member of Azteca, a Latin jazz fusion band led by Pete Escovedo which included Escovedo's daughter, drummer Sheila E. The trip sparked a lifelong interest in Latin music. In 1975, Quincy Jones invited him to tour with his band, and Grusin was persuaded to leave teaching for a career in music. He worked as a studio musician on albums by Randy Crawford, Billy Eckstine, Joe Pass, and the Pointer Sisters. He formed the fusion group Friendship with Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts, and Alex Acuña and recorded one album, then released solo albums in 1981 and 1983. In 1985, he produced the album Musician for Ernie Watts, and it won a Grammy Award. His live album The Hang (Sovereign Artists, 2004) received a Grammy Award nomination. He won Grammy Awards for his work on two albums by the Paul Winter Consort. He won an Echo Award for the album Quality Time, recorded with Peter Fessler.
As a record producer or keyboardist, he has worked with Gerald Albright, Patti Austin, David Benoit, Larry Carlton, Oscar Castro-Neves, Dori Caymmi, Gilberto Gil, Jim Hall, Sérgio Mendes, Airto Moreira, Milton Nascimento, Flora Purim, Nelson Rangell, Brenda Russell, Zoot Sims, Leon Ware, and Sadao Watanabe.
With Ernie Watts
With Oscar Castro-Neves
With Dori Caymmi
With Ricardo Silveira
With Sadao Watanabe
With Eric Marienthal
With Tom Browne
With Lorraine Feather