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    Henry Grimes

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    1Gone Beyond The Gate lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1The Call [2008]
    2Henry Grimes Trio Live At The Kerava Jazz Fesial [2004]
    3Spirits Aloft


    In the late '50s and throughout the '60s, after receiving his music education at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia and at the Juilliard School in New York City, Henry Grimes played acoustic bass with many master jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, and McCoy Tyner. Sadly, a trip to the West Coast to work with Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks went awry, leaving Henry in downtown Los Angeles at the end of the '60s with a broken bass he couldn't pay to repair, so he sold it for a small sum and faded away from the music world. Without a bass, a vehicle, or a telephone, he was truly lost. He survived by doing manual labor and redirected his creative powers into writing poetry. He was discovered there by a Georgia social worker and fan in 2002 and was given a bass by William Parker, and after only a few weeks of ferocious woodshedding, Henry emerged from his little room to begin playing concerts around Los Angeles, and made a triumphant return to New York City in May, '03 to play in the Vision Festival. Since then, Henry Grimes has played more than 475 concerts (including many festivals), touring in 28 countries throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, playing and recording with many of this era's music heroes, such as Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Edward "Kidd" Jordan, Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, Zim Ngqawana, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Wadada Leo Smith, and again, Cecil Taylor. Henry made his professional debut on a second instrument (the violin) at the age of 70, has seen the publication of the first volume of his poetry, "Signs Along the Road," and creates illustrations to accompany his new recordings and publications. He has received many honors in recent years, including four Meet the Composer grants and a grant from the Acadia Foundation. He has also held a number of recent residencies and offered workshops and master classes on major campuses, including Berklee College of Music, Buffalo Academy, CalArts, Hamilton College of Performing Arts, Humber College, the Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna, Mills College, New England Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory at Ghent (Belgium), the University of Gloucestershire at Cheltenham, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and several other fine educational institutions. Henry can be heard on 85 recordings, including a dozen recent ones, on various labels (Atlantic, Ayler Records, Blue Note, Columbia, ESP-Disk, ILK Music, Impulse!, JazzNewYork Productions, Pi Recordings, Porter Records, Prestige, Riverside, Verve, etc.). He has been a permanent resident of New York City since 2003.

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