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Larry Grenadier

Bass – Jazz Institute, 2-Week Jazz Advanced Intensive


arry Grenadier grew up—literally—at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and has been a regular performer and teacher here ever since. Attending Jazz Camp as a young teenager, Larry was already gigging regularly on acoustic bass by the time he was in high school with artists such as Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Vuckovich, Eddie Henderson, Bruce Forman, Eddie Marshall, Vince Lateano, George Cables, Donald Bailey, Toots Thielmans, Johnny Griffin, Charles McPherson, Anita O’Day, and Frank Morgan. At Stanford, Larry got to know Stan Getz who was the Artist in Residence at the time. Larry played with Stan often, performing locally as well as touring with Stan’s band. After graduating from college, Larry moved to New York, where he became an integral part of the jazz scene, playing with artists such as Joshua Redman, Bill Stewart, Renee Rosnes, Ralph Moore, Billy Drummond, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Kevin Hays, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Tom Harrell, and Billy Hart.

In the early 1990s, Larry met and played with pianist Brad Mehldau, whose trio with Larry and Jorge Rossy went on to become one of the major groups of the time. This band allowed Larry the perfect environment in which to grow as a musician. The trio had come together out of mutual empath and shared musical ideals. They toured constantly throughout the 1990s and recorded many influential records. Also during this time Larry played with guitarists John Scofield and Pat Metheny, the latter with whom he spent several years touring in a trio that included Bill Stewart. Other musicians Larry has played with includes Charles Lloyd, Billy Higgins, Michael Brecker, and Paul Motian.

Currently, Larry is continuing many of these musical collaborations. He focuses much of his touring time playing with Brad Mehldau’s trio which, since 2004, has included Jeff Ballard. He is also part of the collaborative trio Fly, which includes Ballard and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. They have recorded two critically-acclaimed albums, the latest on ECM. Larry also tours and records with his wife Rebecca Martin, with whom he’s found a rare personal and musical kinship.


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