acoustic and electric bassist :: justin grinnell J u s t i n G r i n n e l l . c o m

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:: this just-in!

Peter Sprague Album Release - Day Tripper: Peter Sprague Plays The Beatles
Peter Sprague (guitar), Rebecca Jade (voice), Tripp Sprague (sax, flute, piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), & Duncan Moore (drums)
Released Sep. 1, 2022
[Listen to the album on Spotify and YouTube]
[Watch the original livestream on YouTube: Live(ish) at Spragueland, Episode 30]

The Beatles are one of my all-time favorite bands and I like to take their songs and warp them into my jazz point of view. ... I experiment ... and work at it until I get what feels fresh and new but still feeling like a Beatles tune. ... what good fortune I have to work with my favorite musos and my favorite Rebecca Jade on vocals. []

LP And The Vinyl
Leonard Patton (voice), Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Aug. 12, 2022 @ The Jazz Lounge, San Diego, CA
[Watch the whole concert on Facebook]

Francis Parker Summer Jazz Workshop 2022
High School Week, Roy Hargrove Combo (aka "Christmas in July" Combo)
Directed by Melonie Grinnell (far left, front) & Justin Grinnell (far right)
July 30, 2022 @ Francis Parker School, San Diego, CA

Jonathan Karrant Quintet Featuring Gilbert Castellanos
Jonathan Karrant (voice), Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet), Joshua White (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
July 14, 2022 @ The Music Box, San Diego, CA
[Photo by Angie Clement]

Leonard Patton Quintet Featuring Curtis Taylor
Leonard Patton (voice), Curtis Taylor (trumpet), Melonie Grinnell (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Richard Sellers (drums)
July 7, 2022 @ The Jazz Lounge, San Diego, CA
[Watch the whole concert on Facebook]

[YouTube Video]

"Live(ish) at SpragueLand Episode 30 Peter Sprague Plays The Beatles" [full concert]
Peter Sprague (guitar), Rebecca Jade (voice), Tripp Sprague (sax, piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
July 1, 2022 @ Spragueland Studio, Encinitas, CA

Peter Sprague Album Release Concert - Peter Sprague Plays Pat Metheny, Vols. 1 & 2
L>R: Randy Phillips (lyrics), John Opferkuch (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums), Leonard Patton (voice), Rebecca Jade (voice), Peter Sprague (guitar, arrangements)
June 24, 2022 @ Dizzy's (Musicians Association), San Diego, CA

The big news ... is that we are releasing a recording project that has been in the works for many years. Way back when, we started experimenting with adding lyrics to Pat Metheny’s instrumental compositions. Randy Phillips created the lyrics and at first Leonard was singing the songs and then we started integrating Rebecca Jade into the mix. What a cool sound — classic melodies now vocalized by fantastic singers. ... So, if this sounds cool and you want to experience the lyricized Metheny firsthand ... The recordings are ... available on Spotify and AppleMusic. []

[YouTube Video]

"Live(ish) at SpragueLand Episode 29 Peter Sprague Plays Carole King" [full concert]
Peter Sprague (guitar), Pamela Pendrell (voice), Beth Ross Buckley (flute), Tripp Sprague (sax, flute), Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
May 26, 2022 @ Spragueland Studio, Encinitas, CA

LP And The Vinyl - Quad City Arts Visiting Artist
Leonard Patton (voice), Danny Green (keyboard), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
April 25-29, 2022 @ Quad Cities, IL/IA
[Photo by Ben Gougeon]

Since 1974, the [Quad City Arts] Visiting Artist Series has engaged Quad City residents of all ages in quality arts experiences with professional performing artists. These unique outreaches serve students of all ages in both public and private schools and colleges, in urban, suburban, and rural districts in both eastern Iowa and western Illinois. []

Bill Yeager Jazz Orchestra "Latin Jazz" Concert
BYJO Personnel: Saxophones - Charlie Arbelaez, Chaz Cabrera, Christopher Hollyday, Bradley Nash, Tim Nunnink; Trumpets - Greg Beck, Derek Cannon, Jon Papenbrook, Karl Soukup, Brad Steinwehe; Trombones - Kevin Esposito, Matt Hall, Brandon Jagow, Jordan Morita; Rhythm Section - Justin Grinnell, Melonie Grinnell, Mike Holguin, Mark Lamson, Louis Valenzuela; Voice - Anastasya Koral; Director - Bill Yeager
Mar. 19, 2022 @ San Diego State University, CA
[Photo by Markus Burger]

Leonard Patton's 14th Annual Valentine's Day Tribute To Louis & Ella
L>R: Rebecca Jade (voice), Ed Kornhauser (piano), Steve Dillard (trumpet), Leonard Patton (voice), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
Feb. 14, 2022 @ The Jazz Lounge, San Diego, CA
[Watch the whole concert on Facebook]

Gary Nieves (drums) & Justin Grinnell (bass)
Jan. 3, 2005 @ Croce's Jazz Bar, San Diego, CA
[Photo by Anton Orlov]

RIP Gary Nieves (Feb 2022) - I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to get to know and play with Gary a little. The first gig I played with Gary was back in 2003 but I got to know him better when we had a steady gig together in 2004-2005 playing with the Dave Scott Quintet at Croce's Jazz Bar every Monday night. I'm not exactly sure when, but we also played quite a few times together in Barry Farrar Sr's rehearsal big band. I will always remember Gary as a soft-spoken and sweet guy who was a masterful but self-effacing drummer.

[YouTube Video]

Peter Sprague and the Tribute Rebels
"Live(ish) at SpragueLand Episode 26 Peter Sprague Plays Songs of Home" [full concert]
Peter Sprague (guitar), Tripp Sprague (sax, flute), Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums), with special guests Kate Sprague (voice), Allison Adams Tucker (voice)
Jan. 28, 2022 @ Spragueland Studio, Encinitas, CA

[Facebook Video]

Holly Hofmann Quartet "Table For Two" (J.Plank)
Holly Hofmann (flute), Mike Wofford (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Jim Plank (drums)
Jan. 26, 2022 @ Il Sogno Italiano, San Diego, CA
[Video by Sacha Boutros]

[YouTube Video]

Peter Sprague Group "You Can Call Me Al"
Peter Sprague (guitar), Lisa Hightower (lead voice), Pam Pendrell (voice), Tripp Sprague (tenor sax), Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Duncan Moore (drums)
Published Jan. 14, 2022; Performance from live-streamed concert Dec. 21, 2021

*VIRAL VIDEO* Peter Sprague published this video on Jan. 14. The video had passed 100K views by Jan. 20 and 200K views by Jan. 22.

Christopher Hollyday Quartet
Christopher Hollyday (alto sax), Bob Boss (guitar), Justin Grinnell (bass), Tyler Kreutel (drums)
Jan. 8, 2022 @ Black Rail Kitchen & Bar, Carlsbad, CA
[Photo by Ken Laster]

:: some 2021 highlights

Can You Hear Me? A Tribute To San Diego Jazz Musicians During The Pandemic by Michelle Zousner
All About Jazz, August 28, 2021
[Photo by Michelle Zousner]

It's been an extraordinarily difficult year for the live music industry due to the pandemic. ... This project is to highlight local San Diego jazz musicians who thought outside the box to help our communities come out the other side of this crisis stronger, healthier, more connected and empathetic than ever. ... I wondered how these talented musicians were doing through this difficult time. ... I went on a photographic journey to tell the story of how they fared through the pandemic. I found a group of people demonstrating resiliency, creativity, and passion.

[YouTube Video]

Danny Green Trio "Live(ish) From Spragueland"
[Live Remote Concert]
Danny Green (piano), Justin Grinnell (bass), Julien Cantelm (drums)
Feb. 27, 2021 @ Spragueland Studio, Encinitas, CA

© 2022 - updated 8/17/2022